The Mayor of the Town of Port Hedland, Kelly Howlett, has responded quickly to criticism provoked by the ending of the free camping on offer to self-contained travellers at the town’s racecourse.
She says the overflow camping initiative has been in place for the last three years and has always run from June-July.
“It was agreed following discussions with our local caravan park operators that this year it would conclude Saturday 1st August,” she said. “This also coincides with a number of community events that are held in and around the oval area where the overflow camping was set up this season.”
And the mayor was keen to address concerns about the future of the free camping initiative, which has been credited with persuading many travellers who would have bypassed Port Hedland to stay a few days or longer.
“Following the success of this year’s overflow camping, the Town is keen to workshop with all relevant stakeholders in the not too distant future in order to assess outcomes from this year and improvements for next year,” she said. “Once a strategy is set for next year, we will be sure to promote and ensure that travellers are well aware of what is going to happen and be put in place for the 2016 Tourist Season.”
Watch this space!