Signs raise camp­ing is­sue

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

MAN­JIMUP shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei has re­sponded to sig­nage that was placed over the coun­cil’s wel­come signs ear­lier this month, say­ing rangers would need to crack down on “in­dis­crim­i­nate campers”.

A sign that read “Free camp­ing. No Shire Pol­icy. Man­jimup Coun­cil. Un­til next time”, ap­peared over the Graphite Road en­trance to the Shire of Man­jimup but was re­moved shortly af­ter the Labour Day long week­end.

Cr Omodei said he be­lieved the mes­sage was sug­gest­ing the coun­cil lacked pol­icy.

“Ob­vi­ously there is con­cern out there about in­dis­crim­i­nate camp­ing,” he said.

“I had a bit of a smile, I thought to my­self ‘that’s a very clever way of sug­gest­ing that the coun­cil hasn’t got any pol­icy for camp­ing’. “That’s just not the case at all.” Cr Omodei noted both State and coun­cil reg­u­la­tions ap­ply to camp­ing, but ac­knowl­edged the is­sues and said the com­mu­nity could ex­pect rangers to “ramp-up” their en­force­ment.

“Un­til now, our rangers have been forc­ing peo­ple to move on,” he said.

“They need to put some more pres­sure on them and get them to ei­ther move on or ideally go to a regis­tered camp spot.”

While Cr Omodei ac­knowl­edged the pres­ence of “sig­nif­i­cant num­bers” of in­dis­crim­i­nate campers he was also wary of be­com­ing too strin­gent and de­ter­ring sea­sonal work­ers from vis­it­ing the re­gion.

“I think our big­gest chal­lenge in three or four years time will be get­ting enough peo­ple to har­vest our crops,” he said.

Pic­ture: Face­book

Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei said he was aware of mul­ti­ple signs that had been placed around the shire.

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