More van and tent camping places required – Letter to the Editor

Recently we posted an editorial South Mole – When will We the People see her again? which has a strong response. Here’s yet another a Letter to the Editor from Kim Johnson responding to the South Mole closure by Freo Ports.

Dear Editor,

Unfortunately, temporary campers have pushed the authorities too far which has lead to the closure of South Mole to the general public.

There are wider issues behind why there are so many people camping in public places.

In the old days they would stay at caravan parks. I note that Fremantle has several well used caravan parks providing facilities such as toilets and safe areas to stay.

Perhaps there needs to be more caravan parks suited to the van and rooftop tent brigade with basic facilities in an area which is not so high value?

If the cost is an issue then a temporary reduced cost would assist, supplemented by public funding. The alternative is still costly to local government with abuse of facilities and inappropriate use of beach and public carparks.

Kim Johnson (address supplied)


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