Respect Bremer Bay campaign calls on holiday-makers to do their part to protect environment, community

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A packed beach at Bremer Bay over the festive period.
Camera IconA packed beach at Bremer Bay over the festive period. Credit: Bremer Bay Resort

As Bremer Bay braces for an influx of tourists over another bumper holiday season, the Shire of Jerramungup, businesses and police are urging visitors to do their part to protect the environment and community.

The Respect Bremer Bay campaign is returning for another year in a bid to reduce vandalism, theft, illegal camping and rubbish dumping and encourage respect for the town.

The campaign will be accompanied by an increased police presence over the Christmas and new year period to clamp down on bad behaviour.

Shire chief executive Martin Cuthbert said last year’s campaign was a success with less vandalism, litter and complaints from the community, despite an influx of about 6000 people.

In previous years the Shire had to use “significant resources” to clean up the small coastal community after the tourist season.

“As I said last year, the Respect Bremer Bay campaign will build awareness of the adverse impacts the peak season has not just on the community who deserve to be treated with respect, but also that Bremer Bay must continue to be a pristine location for all — including our amazing wildlife,” Mr Cuthbert said.

“Most visitors don’t intend to cause disruption or damage, however the increase in population during the period naturally brings a higher instance of improper waste disposal.”

Shire president Joanne Iffla encouraged holidaymakers to enjoy the area’s “pristine natural environment” while considering their impacts on locals and other tourists.

“Our limited resources, many performed by volunteers, are extremely stretched at this time of the year, and it is with respect and perseverance that I thank everyone who contributes their time to the majority having a very enjoyable and satisfying holiday break,” she said.

Jerramungup officer-in-charge Sergeant Dave Atkins confirmed WA Police would deploy extra officers to Bremer Bay over the festive period.

“Police ask visitors and local residents to enjoy themselves in a safe and respectful manner and please respect Bremer Bay and look after each other when swimming and four-wheel-driving,” he said.

“Please remember the Road Traffic Act 1974 still applies to any land open and used by the public.”

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