West Australians are still flocking to the South West for the Easter holidays in direct contravention of the McGowan Government’s regional travel ban. An audit of vehicle registration plates of cars parked at boat ramps and popular surf breaks in the City of Busselton reveals many people from outside regions appear to be flouting the internal border closure to undertake recreational pursuits in the region. In a statement released today, the City of Busselton said the audit results were further supported by anecdotal evidence from locals who have heard reports of people coming to the South West via back roads and lesser-known routes “specifically to fish and surf at spots including Smiths Beach, Injidup, Bears and Rabbits surf breaks”. “Not only is this extremely careless behaviour, it also violates State legislation and could see those found here who don’t reside in the district and without an exemption, given an on-the-spot fine of $1000,” the statement continued. Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said he was concerned that people from Perth and other regions “are still intending to come down to stay in holiday homes… as if nothing has changed”. “There is evidence that this is already occurring,” he said. “If people travel here without legal exemption, they are breaking the law and putting people’s health at risk. “The City is liaising with WA Police to increase the number of patrols in an effort to intercept those evading checkpoints and to undertake random license checks of drivers with vehicles registered to locations outside the district.” “Ordinarily we would welcome visitors to the South West, but these are not ordinary times.” Intrastate border closures, which kicked in at midnight last Wednesday, are intended to put a stop to all “non-essential” travel throughout the State to curb the spread of coronavirus. It is understood there are 34 checkpoints across WA, including eight in the metropolitan region. Residents are not permitted to leave their regional boundary unless they are granted an exemption, which apply where circumstances involve travelling for work, medical reasons or compassionate grounds. Police have the power to enforce restrictions with fines of up to $50,000. The intrastate border closures divide WA into nine separate regions – due to their proximity the Perth and Peel regions have been combined into one area.