Government-mandated restrictions on WA’s Remote Aboriginal Communities were lifted last week, and while many welcome the change, some are choosing to keep those rules relating to public access. On June 1, Premier Mark McGowan announced the restrictions would come to an end. The communities were given a two-week transition period to allow them to plan and adjust before opening last Wednesday. While many welcomed the changes, all communities retained the right to choose whether to apply their restrictions for the safety of those living there. Djarindjin Aboriginal Community, on the Dampier Peninsula, has made the decision to remain closed to the public, a choice which chief executive Nathan McIvor says does not restrict tourists from the area all together. “It’s about choosing who can come in,” Mr McIvor said. “As far as tourists coming through Djarindjin, there’s only one tours group that does that and that’s a local tour group that have been given the permission from the board.” Cultural tours are run out of Djarindjin Campground. The State Government has reassured the communities they will continue to support them in their transition and will do so in a way best suited to their unique circumstances. The announcement came as part of a “soft landing” statement in which more COVID-19 public health measures are being phased out.