A massive new caravan park is poised to be built in Broome in order to address a massive shortfall in accommodation options.
The town in WA’s north-west has long been a favourite with grey nomads and other travellers, and the Shire has identified a shortfall of between 400-500 caravan sites in peak months.
But the West Australian newspaper reports that a $64 million, 13.5 hectare development in the world-famous Cable Beach area now looks set to move forward.
The newspaper says that the business case for the project — which would see lot 3130, bound by Sanctuary Road, Fairway Drive and Lillfitz Drive, developed into a 286-dwelling multi-use caravan park, featuring sites for camping, caravans and self-contained cabins — was unanimously endorsed at the July council meeting.
To fund the project, the Shire will lobby the WA State Government and the Federal Government for funds.
The multi-use park will also address a chronic housing shortage problem in the area.
Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey told the West Australian that housing shortages were a major issue for Broome … and that the Shire wanted to play a role in providing a solution.
“In our recent Community Scorecard process, the Broome community told us the lack of housing was an issue the Shire should try to remedy,” he said. “While it is not the role of a local government to construct homes and we have a limited role we can play … I think the proposed Sanctuary Road Caravan Park, Key Worker and Over 55s Village project would have a massive impact on Broome.”
The project is forecast to create 140 full time jobs during the three-year construction phase, and 191 local jobs by the tenth year of operation.
According to the business case the project would be completed in stages, with key worker housing fast-tracked as stage one to address shortages as soon as possible.