Protecting our turtles with temporary beach closures

Released 27 September 2017
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The impact of vehicles on turtles nesting at world-famous Cable Beach will again be managed with night-time closures from the start of October.

The Cable Beach north access ramp will be closed to vehicles between 8pm and 6am each day during the turtle nesting season from 1 October 2017 to 28 February 2018.

Cable Beach will also be closed to vehicles two hours either side of high tides of 9m or more.

Acting Broome Shire President, Harold Tracey, said the gate installed at the Cable Beach Amphitheatre access ramp would be locked during the temporary closures.

“The vehicle closure times are primarily at night and during the period when the beach is least used and turtle nesting season is underway,” Cr Tracey said.

“The main species nesting on Cable Beach is the Flatback Turtle, which is threatened and is protected under WA legislation.

“They generally nest at the top of the beach above the high tide mark where their nests can be damaged by vehicles compacting sand and crushing nests.

“Wheel ruts can also prevent hatchlings making their way to the water, and vehicle lights can disturb and confuse hatchlings.”

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction’s Yawuru Rangers will also put protection signage at the front of turtle nests to help raise awareness about turtles nesting on Cable Beach.

More information on vehicle access and driving techniques during turtle nesting season is available at the link below.

 

Media Contact: Shire of Broome Administration, (08) 9191 3456
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