New Years celebrators trash Bremer Bay

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Cars line up on a popular Bremer Bay beach.
Camera IconCars line up on a popular Bremer Bay beach. Credit: Supplied

Bremer Bay residents have shared their dismay at the rubbish left in the town and on its pristine beaches by tourists on New Year’s Eve.

A post by once resident on a community Facebook page venting her digust at the vandalism and rubbish left in town drew wide support from locals

She wrote on the public Facebook group that the Shire and local volunteer groups spend a lot of time and money to prepare the idyllic town for the influx of visitors, only to be trashed.

“This morning after New Year, as I travelled to work I could have wept at the damage, rubbish and stolen push bikes laying around our end of town,” she said.

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“Not a street sign is undamaged.

“Obscene graffiti scrawled on the newest walk trail and the rubbish is unbelievable.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if some young people took responsibility for this?”

When speaking about the summer period for Bremer Bay, Martin Cuthbert said that last year Council commissioned a Peak Population Analysis Report to be conducted over the peak period to get accurate figures of people numbers and expenditure.

“The report showed that the town numbers increased from a permanent population of approximately 400 to nearly 6,500 over the Christmas and New Year peak.

“The increase in population starts really ramping up at the commencement of school holidays with numerous families choosing to holiday and spend Christmas in Bremer Bay.

“Another influx normally happens directly after Christmas when people have done their family Christmas celebrations and then head away on holidays, or to enjoy New Years.”

The Bremer Bay Resort hosts a popular New Years event each year which draws hundreds of people to the town.

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