Busselton holiday park accommodate displaced locals and travellers

A Busselton holiday park has offered emergency accommodation to locals and travellers who have been displaced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park have provided accommodation to people in the community who were in the process of moving and travellers who could not make the border crossing before non-essential travel bans came into effect.

Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park coowner Hayley Johnson said while they were closed to recreational visitors there were a lot of displaced people in the community.

Ms Johnson said they already had displaced people staying at their park and had some turn up because other parks in the region had closed.

"They were travellers from interstate or overseas who had been based in WA and currently have nowhere else to go," she said.

"We offered them long term weekly rates which is a significantly reduced rate, but gives them somewhere safe to live for the next two to four weeks while they decide if they can get home or want to go home.

"There are also some local people in town who sold their house and were moving, now obviously things have changed in their circumstances and they are not sure where they are going."

Ms Johnson said the people who were phoning them were genuinely sad and scarred and did not have anywhere to go.

"A lot of them are just really grateful to have somewhere that is safe," she said.

"We have followed all the guidelines, we have spaced out all the sites, we have placed the majority of them in ensuite sites so they can have their own facilities to use.

"People are just really grateful they do not have to make a decision on trying to run the gauntlet to get across closed state borders and things like that when they are not sure how or what that looks like at the moment.

"We've had about eight bookings for the month, which are just people who are going to stay here for the coming weeks.

"Considering we had to cancel everything, it is really nice to be able to provide a service to people who are facing uncertainty at the moment.

"It is really unusual times and we are just trying to help where we can while we cannot provide our usual business offering."