Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Cable Beach: Driving restrictions to protect turtles

Cable Beach will be partly closed to vehicles for the next four months.

Photo courtesy Rod Hartvigsen

Photo courtesy Rod Hartvigsen

Cars will be banned between 8pm and 6am, and for two hours before and after high tides.

The shire enforces these measures to protect turtle nests and hatching baby turtles.

A newly-hatched turtle trapped in a wheel-rut on Cable Beach

A newly-hatched turtle trapped in a wheel-rut on Cable Beach

You can read a shire media release here:

1 October 2013 For immediate release

Temporary beach closures protect turtles

The Shire of Broome will again limit the impact of vehicles on turtles nesting at Cable

Beach, with night-time closures now in place.

The Cable Beach North access ramp will be closed to vehicles between 8pm and 7am

each day during the turtle nesting season from 1 October 2013 to 28 February 2014.

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

more.

Broome Shire Acting President Anne Poelina 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 Poelina said.

“The main species nesting on Cable Beach is the Flatback turtle, which is threatened and

is protected under WA legislation.

“Turtles generally nest at the top of the beach just above the high tide mark, and their

nests can be damaged by vehicles compacting sand and crushing nests.

“Wheel ruts can prevent hatchlings making their way to the water’s edge, and vehicle lights

can disturb and confuse hatchlings.”

More information on vehicle access and driving techniques during turtle nesting season is

on the Shire website at www.broome.wa.gov.au/comm/tnsvc.htm.

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