Camping plan for islands

A beach on the northern end of East Lewis Island has been identified as a potential camping ground on the Dampier Archipelago.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife sought Council’s opinion on which was the preferred location for an island camping development. The City undertook a desktop assessment of potential locations and, based on the information available, selected East Lewis. 

The City of Karratha will seek in-principle support from the Department of Parks and Wildlife for the project before undertaking consultation with the traditional owners and the community.

The camping ground could be a standard Council-managed facility or a high end “glamping” ground under the proposal.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said a formal camp ground on the islands had long been discussed as a potential new tourism product for the region.

“We locals know how fantastic our islands are and having a camping ground out there may help to make them accessible to visitors and locals alike,’ Cr Long said.

“It’s early days but if the Department of Parks and Wildlife supports the site we will consult with traditional owners, Pilbara Port Authority, environmental agencies, approval authorities and the local community and develop up a business case for the project,” he said.

“This is a very exciting time for the tourism industry in our City and having this camping ground could open up opportunities for boat and watersports operators and other tourism businesses.”

Council will seek DPaW in-principle approval and conduct consultation in the new year as the first stages in preparing a business case for the project.