Illegal Camping on Heirisson Island

POLICE will work alongside City of Perth to tackle the ‘ongoing’ issue of illegal camping on Heirisson Island.

On Tuesday, more than 20 Perth police officers spent the day overseeing the removal of tents, household items, vehicles and a caravan by City of Perth staff.

Despite removal of property on the island, people returned to the island on Wednesday .

Under the Local Government Act 1995, camping on local government property is illegal.

In a statement, Perth City said it had taken care when impounding camping equipment and it had recorded collected goods.

“The goods will be available for collection once the costs of removing, impounding and storing the items has been paid – in line with council fees and charges,” the statement said.

“The City continues to work with agencies such as the Salvation Army, Department of Housing, United Care West and Ruah to assist the genuinely homeless.”

At least 80 per cent of the tents removed were vacant and a stolen vehicle, several unregistered cars and a car with stolen plates had been found, according to City of Perth.

Perth Police Station officer-in-charge Craig Davis said police issued two move on notices and arrested a man who refused to give his details while officers helped to evacuate people.

“We’re working with the City of Perth,” Senior Sergeant Davis said.

“They are the lead agency of Heirisson Island and Perth police are here to assist and ensure they’re not obstructed when carrying out their lawful duties.”

Sgt Davis said at least 80 people were on the island but as many as 120 may have been camping there.

Sgt Davis said he expected the issue to be ongoing.

A City of Perth spokesman said council would monitor Heirisson Island for breaches of local law, which could result in prosecution.