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Rotto holiday ballot to go
Rotto holiday ballot to go

The ballot system used by generations of West Australians to secure a summer holiday on Rottnest Island is to be scrapped.

From next month, holidaymakers can book online, over the phone or in person.

The ballot system, used for peak-season bookings for more than three decades, has long been criticised for favouring applicants who "know the system" and work together for shared accommodation.

The changes mean holidaymakers can book at any time, up to 18 months in advance.

Rottnest Island Authority chairman John Driscoll said the changes would create a more flexible system.

The new system will begin on July 22 when bookings open for the 2013-14 summer school holidays.