Wandering out Yonder - Tamala no more?

My wife and I and our grown children have been regular twice-yearly visitors to Tamala Station in Shark Bay.  (Kerry & Ian King), then Brian & Yoke, now Ron and Teresa Reid have done a wonderful manager's job on this stunning station.  With dolphins, dugongs, sharks, snapper, balmy days, starry nights and countless evening fireside stories as our children became parents and our grandchildren became adults 30 years done and dusted over night (Show me the money!)

I've canvassed the Premier's Office, the Minister for Tourism, and Ben Wyatt the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, regarding the closure of camping areas at Tamala Station in Shark Bay with respect to the land use claims by indigenous groups.

All I received were standard replies that you or I could write wrapped up in pollywaffle and posted out under the cover of political correctness, you know blah, blah, blah, go away and we'll do what we want when it suits us.

So much for "wander out yonder" (or basically only go to the commercially viable tourist destinations in stade caravan parks etc).  Truth is probably close to 3000 would visit the place (Tamala Station) over a year, that's trade for Denham, and dropins along the way to get there.  All stopped.  Why?  Does it need to take years?  Who's getting what?  Are Broome, Exmouth, Monkey Mia capable of offering quintisential outback Oz in its rawest form?  We don't always want to go parasailing, skydiving, horizontal falling or costly chartering.  Some just want tranquility, a snorkel, some sun and a feed of fish from the beach.  Wander - Out - Yonder!!  Sure!  Just wait 2 or 3 years for the committees to meet and hammer out who gets what percentage of the takings. 

I fear that precious time is being lost, our great grandchildren may never know the wonder of this glorious place.  We were very much looking forward to a few more years of witnessing the joyfulness of watching our offspring immersed in paradise and passing on all of its special secrets.

God bless you Teresa and Ron.  You're doing a wonderful, impartial job.

Regards, Brian and Gaye Redding

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Mr Redding ..

Mon, 2020-10-12 13:03

Gday mr Redding well put and said !
who knows there reasoning for locking

everyone out of these coastal paradises

never done Tamala . But have done a

ton of trips too steep for its beauty and

fishing .. I actually work with your son

shannon . He's told me about your trips

up there over the years .. hopefully you

can get a few more before it's locked up!
cheers pirate..  

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Mon, 2020-10-12 15:08

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 Is there a back gate or a

Mon, 2020-10-12 15:12

 Is there a back gate or a 'cash' option?

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there will be a commercial

Mon, 2020-10-12 16:36

there will be a commercial purpose behind this closure .... it will rear its head in due time i have no doubt to make money for some gov group or corporation

there are not many protected bays or coastal places left that have not been earmarked fro resorts , glamping or some money making , enviromental visual eyes soe that will rob us and future generations of cheap camping and family affordable holidays ,,

loved staying at nanga and tamala

like forrest beach down here and other places ,,, they will remove free or cheap public use , then sit on it until there ready to put the plan up and get it gov approved

dam shame is all i can say ..


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Sure is a shame as the only

Mon, 2020-10-12 19:48

Sure is a shame as the only reason these places are gain popularity are because of the natural serenity and beauty of the environment. Only to get too popular and then ruined by commercial interests to satisy the greed of government/business.  Man, the day the smiths beach camping grounds got closed only to build yuppy fuck apartments for people that dont even appreciate the environment and probably wouldnt even set foot on the beach cause its "to sandy"... that hurt me.  Sounds like this is going to happen at Tamala.

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 Cape Leveque is the next on

Tue, 2020-10-13 19:26

 Cape Leveque is the next on the list to be developed and ruined. 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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Wed, 2020-10-14 12:37

 With a sealed road all the way to One Armed Point to be completed soon if not already done that whole area is set to get commercialized.


 Old fishermen never die they just smell that way.

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 Yep. Only 20 kms or so

Wed, 2020-10-14 21:10

 Yep. Only 20 kms or so unsealed when I was there last week. 
Will save a few kms for those wanting to do kimberleys by trailerboat. 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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 Government will throw

Sun, 2020-11-08 07:40

 Government will throw bucketloads at the locals up there to open it up, some are for it a lot of others don't want it.

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I think it is a sad reflection

Sun, 2020-11-08 16:23

On a lot of people who don't see a place of beauty just an opportunity to make some money off foreign tourists and to hell with the locals looking for a nice cheep place to spend quality with the family.
It's a very sad thing that has happened to Tamala.