Pitch for Yanchep camp grounds to reopen

CAMPING facilities at Yanchep National Park could reopen, according to the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Responding to questions from the Weekender, a DPAW spokeswoman said the department did not have campgrounds in the national park while Club Capricorn was open. However, as the resort closed in June, the spokeswoman said the department was considering reintroducing camping options.

“Formal campgrounds in Yanchep National Park were not considered necessary as Club Capricorn at Yanchep-Two Rocks used to provide for camping,” she said.

“DPAW has made provisions in the Yanchep National Park management plan for future camping and caravanning opportunities in the park.”

The spokeswoman said there was accommodation in the park at Yanchep Inn, and this weekend, the park would open to beginner campers for the Great Aussie Camp Out.

She said Yanchep would not be included in the Parks for People Caravan and Camping initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions, in which the State Government would spend $21.05 million over four years improving regional campgrounds.

“Yanchep is located in the Perth metropolitan area and is not eligible for this funding stream,” she said. “The closest Parks and Wildlife campgrounds to Yanchep are located in the Avon Valley and Beelu national parks in the Perth Hills.”

The Department of Local Government and Communities is currently seeking feedback from holidaymakers and operators on WA’s caravan and camping laws.

Proposed changes to the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act 1995 include giving park operators longer licences, lower compliance costs and greater flexibility to meet consumer demands. Changes could also include giving people more choice and more affordable holiday options, and providing simpler, flexible laws.

The submission period will close on November 30, with the consultation paper available at www.dlgc.wa.gov.au.