Do your bit to preserve the natural beauty of the bush this summer

Thursday 17 December, 2020

Visitors to parks and reserves in the Upper Murray area are encouraged to respect campfire regulations and dispose of their rubbish properly, as park rangers prepare for a busy summer period. 

With high visitor numbers expected during the summer months, Parks Victoria’s Authorised Officers will be conducting compliance patrols to enforce environmental protection, so that park visitors can have a safe and enjoyable experience. 

People caught doing the wrong thing will face penalties, as their actions are not only damaging to the environment but can put lives at risk. Parks Victoria recently issued three infringements to people caught breaking the law in parks.  

A local resident caught depositing a trailer load of rubbish nearby Mount Granya State Park received a $330 infringement notice and will face further penalties if the rubbish is not cleaned up. 

A Wodonga man and a Howlong man have each been issued with a $496 infringement notice after they left their campfires unattended in Mount Lawson State Park and the Murray River Reserve respectively.

This is unacceptable given the impacts that unattended campfires can cause, with about 10 per cent of all bushfires being caused by campfire negligence. Campfire regulations apply all year around on public land.  

Visit the Forest Fire Management Victoria website for the latest information about fire regulations and restrictions, www.ffm.vic.gov.au/permits-and-regulations/fire-restrictions-and-regulations

Although rangers regularly patrol the area, park visitors and neighbours remain an important source of information to manage this kind of behaviour. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Parks Victoria on 13 1963. 

Remember to check the Parks Victoria website before you visit, www.parks.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Scott Thomson, Ranger Team Leader Tallangatta, Parks Victoria: 

“It is disappointing to see people dumping rubbish in our parks, especially when we know the local transfer station is open. Not only is it an eyesore, but it causes harm to native wildlife and pollutes the surrounding environment. 

Littering is a big problem with a small solution, so let’s all take responsibility for keeping our parks healthy and free of rubbish. 


Unattended campfires are known to lead to bushfires and can very easily cause harm to life, property and the environment. We urge campers to be particularly diligent when preparing and looking after their campfires to ensure that none are able to escape.”  

 

Media enquiries

Stephanie Zilles

(03) 8427 3466 Mobile: 0498 007 891

stephanie.zilles@parks.vic.gov.au

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