Site hoped to ease illegal camping
Funding opportunities to build a fully serviced campground for itinerant people drifting into Broome are to be explored.
The Shire of Broome first mooted the concept in 2014 and subsequently paid KPP Business Development $37,000 to investigate short-term camping options for a site off Gubinge Road.
In a report to the ordinary council meeting last month, KPP said the plan was feasible subject to future capital and operational funding from various government levels.
Instead of going with the recommendation to prepare a business case, councillors agreed to a resolution from Desiree Male to engage with government agencies and key stakeholders to identify funding prospects.
A report would also need to be prepared before the development of a formal business case, estimated to cost about $17,000.
The full-scale version in the concept plan has been estimated at $2.7 million and would cater for about 70 people.
KPP has recommended a smaller $1.8 million version of the project that would accommodate 40 people per night. A number of site constraints were identified in the report but none of them were considered as “fatal flaws”.
Operational costs were estimated at $650,000 a year and involve full-time Shire presence and 24-hour security.
The campground was projected to service about 1100 individuals (staying 10 nights on average) in the course of a year.
Shire president Ron Johnston said the aim of the camping ground was to help relieve the problem of “holidaying itinerants”.
“We are trying to stop houses being overcrowded, illegal camping and people sleeping rough in public places, like Male Oval in the centre of Chinatown.”
KPP analysed previous reports and data relating to homelessness and transience within Broome.
The desktop review revealed 30-40 people out of 100 involved in public drinking in Broome on an average day were indigenous visitors with no places to stay.
The KPP report said they were not using the sober-up shelter and were sleeping rough around the town. KPP identified Centacare as the most likely service provider.
The Shire survey in 2015 identified antisocial behaviour including street drinking, drunkenness and violence, itinerants and rough camping as issues of significant concern to the community.
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