Polo organisers told to fix dunes

Glenn Cordingley and Jakeb WaddellBroome Advertiser
There was plenty of action on the beach during the finals of the Airnorth Cable Beach Polo.
Camera IconThere was plenty of action on the beach during the finals of the Airnorth Cable Beach Polo. Credit: Carly Laden

The organisers of Cable Beach Polo have been ordered by the Shire of Broome to remediate beach sand dunes excavated for the weekend event.

The council today confirmed the action had breached the event permit.

The dunes were carved out to make way for tents and equipment in preparation for spring tides in excess of 9m on Saturday and Sunday.

Shire acting chief executive Andrew Graffen said the council became aware that a section at the front of the dune had been cut into by up to 1m in depth along a 50m stretch in breach of event permit conditions.

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He said the Shire had investigated the site and reported movement of sand across the site, but minimal vegetation disturbance.

Mr Graffen said the Shire had a commitment from the even organisers to remediate the damage by tomorrow.

“The Shire and other relevant agencies will monitor this work to ensure the remediation is satisfactory,” he said.

“Events such as the Cable Beach Polo make an important contribution to our visitor economy and raise the profile of Broome with a national and international audience, but this needs to be measured against the preservation of our iconic natural assets.”

Shire rangers today discussed the remediation works on-site with traditional owners the Yawuru and what work event organisers would be required to undertake.

Cable Beach Polo event producer Marilynne Paspaley said she was taking immediate action and apologised for the error.

“After a very positive meeting with Shire and Yawuru rangers, we did a test to show them how we would recommend remediating the damages and they found it totally acceptable,” she said.

“They’re very happy with what we are going to be doing and we will start that tomorrow once all the gear is off the beach.

“We are all in agreement that it would be fantastic to have the rangers on the beach in the future when we are setting up to ensure there would be no errors.”

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