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City reopens campsites

Published on Friday, 1 May 2020 at 1:47:14 PM

The City of Albany’s nature-based campsites will reopen to the public this afternoon following the State Government’s move to ease restrictions on camping.

Cosy Corner, Torbay Inlet, East Bay, Bettys Beach, Normans Beach and Cape Riche make up the City’s nature based campgrounds that will be reopen to the public from midday today.

But it comes with a word of caution – only go camping if you can do it safely and abide by the social distancing and public gathering restrictions.

Some of the campsites have been occupied by travellers with permits who have had no other place to go during these restrictions, and anyone with approval can continue to stay at the campgrounds for the duration of their permits.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said it was positive to be able to re-open campgrounds, but there would be patrols to make sure people are doing the right thing.

“It is encouraging that we are in a better public health and safety position where it is now safe to re-open these campgrounds,” he said.

“We know a lot of people will want to get out of the house, into nature and the great outdoors, but we can’t be complacent and need to continue to abide by the regional travel, social distancing and public gathering rules.

“Both the City’s rangers and local police will be patrolling the campgrounds to make sure everyone is using them safely.”

Anyone who is planning to go camping should follow the advice and requests from camp hosts, and also be aware that many campsites may already be occupied by permit holders.

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