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Council is considering transferring the vesting of the Shire of Esperance managed Thomas River camp site to the WA Conservation Commission for management by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW). This would mean the area (Reserve 518) becomes part of Cape Arid National Park.

The reserve has no beach frontage and is surrounded by the national park. The campsite has been managed by National Park rangers since 2004. It is illegal to transport dogs across a national park, so the transfer represents no change to dog access to the area. Facility upgrades costing an estimated $188,500 are required. If the reserve were transferred to DPAW Council could direct these funds to other priority works.

Click here to view a Thomas River factsheet.

Council invites input from the community and a period of public comment is currently open. Submissions must be made in writing to PO Box 507, Esperance WA 6450 or email shire@esperance.wa.gov.au before November 21, 2014.