Tourist bus bays ‘enough’

Pierra WillixSound Telegraph
City of Rockingham administration building.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham administration building. Credit: WA News.

The City of Rockingham has said the two bus bay parking spaces at the Gary Holland Community Centre are adequate.

Responding to criticism from Rockingham resident Arthur Galletly about the amount of bays near the foreshore , Mr Sammels said the City considered the current bus parking sufficient.

In a letter to the Sound Telegraph, Mr Galletly said that if Rockingham was “serious about increasing tourism”, there needed to be more places for tourist buses to park.

“Two bays simply don’t cut it,” he wrote.

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But Mr Sammels said the City did not think there was a need for further bays, as research had shown groups visiting the City predominantly did not use tourist buses.

He said research conducted through the City’s Tourist Destination Strategy found family group day trippers and eco-adventure tourism would be two of the main drivers of economic benefit to the City in future.

“As the research has shown these groups predominantly don’t use tourist buses as a mode of transport, the City has decided to prioritise accommodating these groups and their modes of transport,” he said.

“As differing markets for tourism may emerge in future, the City will remain open to reviewing its position on the matter.”

Tourism Rockingham president Stacey Graham said they had not received any complaints about more bays being needed.

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