A rare solar eclipse expected to bring in more than 10,000 visitors to the North West cape in 2023 has caused the Shire of Exmouth to search for a slew of temporary accommodation facilities. The total solar eclipse will be visible from the North West Cape on April 20, 2023 and will be the first time in more than 1000 years a total eclipse has been visible from Australia. Tourism WA is estimating more than 10,000 visitors will travel to the region. The Shire of Exmouth adopted two scheme amendments at the November 25 council meeting to help with the expected surge of tourists. The scheme changes enabled camping, caravan parks, bed and breakfast, car parks, fast-food outlets and markets to be establish on several lots in Exmouth from April 6, 2023 until May 4, 2023. Residential zoned land northwest and southwest of Maidstone Crescent and land adjacent Murat road and Madaffari Drive would also be made available for temporarily holiday houses, accommodation, camping grounds, and car parks. The two motions were passed with a series of conditions including all structures erected for the event must be removed after May 4 unless development approval is granted. Shire president Darlene Allston said the scheme amendments would offer an opportunity to adequately manage and control the expected visitation to the North West Cape. “They intend to provide temporary options in and around the Exmouth townsite to cater for and facilitate the Ningaloo Eclipse event in 2023,” she said. “ Once this period has passed, the Additional Uses and Local Reserve Additional Uses will cease.” Ms Allston said the Shire was in talks with the State Government to upgrade infrastructure in time for the eclipse. “Council is working closely with their consultants to protect our natural, pristine environment while taking advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase Exmouth as a destination to astro-travellers on a national and international level,” she said. “Council is currently in discussions regarding much-needed infrastructural upgrades which will benefit the Exmouth community and its businesses in the long term.” Ms Allston said such changes would have long-term benefits for Exmouth.