Rangers hope to quell illegal camping and wayward behaviour this vintage by putting in place steps first reported by the Times during the past year.
The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has asked local labour hire companies to reel in their recruiting to make sure people who come to work the vines can earn more money and are more inclined to stay in proper accommodation instead of camping illegally.
Acting community development manager Gemma Mincherton said a recent Responsible Camping Working Group endorsed a number of strategies for the future.
Another key to quelling the flow of free-loading foreigners was updating Harvest Trail booklets and websites which told vintage workers when picking season was on and that accommodation was necessary when visiting Margaret River.
“The Shire has worked closely with key stakeholders to address the issue of illegal camping in a holistic way,” Ms Mincherton said.
“We have made considerable progress and achieved significant outcomes in a short period of time.
“We can’t expect to completely resolve the issue in one year, but we are certainly hopeful that we will have greater compliance among campers this season.”
Ms Mincherton said Shire and Department of Environment and Conservation rangers would persist with patrols and take a no-tolerance approach to travellers who camped in highly visible and risky areas.
“Rangers will focus on educating campers about the appropriate accommodation options,” she said.
“Those who choose to ignore the advice will receive an infringement.”Free camping areas are still not on the agenda for the Shire, with officers believing there was enough cheap accommodation for vintage workers in the region.
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