Illegal activity mars weekend at Jindalee National Park
Media release: 13 June 2012
Many took advantage of the fantastic weather over the long weekend to explore nature, but some visitors to Jindalee National Park left a shameful mark on the environment.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager for Murrumbidgee Steve Cathcart says dumped rubbish, unregistered trail bikes, fire wood collection, off road driving and even unattended fires were rife.
“Penalties exist for all these illegal activities and I encourage anyone who sees them to make note of as many details as possible and contact National Parks at Tumut on 6947 7000 or the Cootamundra Police,” Mr Cathcart said.
“Rangers found numerous trees illegally cut down which is extremely disappointing. State Forests did not allow firewood collection in Jindalee when they managed it and this has not changed.”
Mr Cathcart said dead wood and trees provided essential habitat for native animals, so people illegally collecting this wood risked heavy fines.
“Most visitors to Jindalee are responsible with their rubbish but over the weekend we did find dumped construction waste and other rubbish which creates an eyesore and damages the environment,” Mr Cathcart said.
“Also, all vehicles including motorbikes must also stay to formed roads, be registered and the operators must be licensed so if you can’t legally drive or ride it to the park you can’t use it in the park.”
Mr Cathcart said Jindalee National Park was great for four-wheel drive touring, bushwalking, bird watching and many other activities, but a few people were spoiling it for the rest.
“We encourage visitors to come out and enjoy the park but ask that they obey the rules,” Mr Cathcart said.
“Jindalee is such a beautiful and important area and it’s a shame some people don’t respect it.”
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Page last updated: 13 June 2012