Council urged to “rejuvenate” natural pool during toilet closure

Elise Van Aken & Liam BeattyGeraldton Guardian
Ellendale Pool, inland from Walkaway, south of Geraldton.
Camera IconEllendale Pool, inland from Walkaway, south of Geraldton. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

Popular among tourists and locals alike, Ellendale Pool looks set to remain closed for the coming weeks as a lack of tradespeople in the region delays repairs to the campground toilets.

The recreational water hole was closed to the public on April 9, in anticipation of the landfall of tropical cyclone Seroja.

It has remained closed for a month since, after damage was sustained to the toilet blocks.

Ellendale Pool near Greenough.
Camera IconEllendale Pool near Greenough. Credit: @kenney.jane_

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City had struggled to find available contractors to make the repairs.

“There are issues with the infrastructure that supplies water to the toilets, and we’re waiting for repairs to the bores,” he said.

“We don’t want people using the bushland as a toilet.

“There are expectations of a registered camping ground that people would expect toilets there.”

Local tour operator Cameron Williams, of Midwest Adventure Tours, said the “extremely popular” site was an important tourism attraction for the region.

“Heading into winter there’s not too many people that go there at the moment so I doubt the closure would have much of an impact,” he said.

“But its a good chance for the city to rejuvenate the land as there’s been some environmental damage over the years.”

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