Kalbarri set to re-open to tourists after Cyclone Seroja devastated popular holiday spot
Kalbarri is set to roll out the welcome mat to tourists less than a month after Cyclone Seroja devastated the popular holiday spot and left up to 70 per cent of properties in the town damaged.
When the clock strikes 6pm tomorrow, the road block that currently seals off Kalbarri from the outside world will be removed, allowing tourists to enter for the first time since Seroja struck on the evening of April 11.
The decision to reopen comes just weeks after the town was battling a dangerous asbestos clean-up in the wake of the cyclone, and with some houses still having tarps instead of roofs.
Northampton shire president and Kalbarri local Craig Simkin told The West Live that tourism operators in the town simply couldn’t wait any longer.
He admitted some locals at a community meeting yesterday expressed concern the town was reopening “too soon”, but businesses desperately needed the income from Perth tourists.
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