Geraldton Mayor – “We’re disappointed”
Today Mark McGowan announced regional borders will reduce from 13 regions to four. From May 18 travel will be permitted within the following four regions:
– South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Perth, Peel
– Mid-West, Gascoyne, Pilbara
– Goldfields, Esperance
– Local government areas within Kimberley.
Geraldton falls into the Mid-West and as the weather cools in Perth, their peak tourist season is about to start.
Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn joined The Weekend Catch-Up where he told Mark Gibson it feels like tourism businesses in the Mid-West have been “left out in the cold.”
“It seems peculiar that you’d allow Perth people to travel four hours all the away to Albany but not come [the same distance] north,” said Mr Van Styn
“We have an emerging tourism market here and this is actually a prime time for our industries up here in the Mid-West.
“We want to be open for business much the same the South-West have been given the opportunity to.”
Image Credit – Visit Geraldton website
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