Illegal 4wd beach driving costs Richmond local $1350

Illegally driving in sand dunes at Broadwater National Park, near Evans Head, has cost a Bora Ridge resident $1350, after pleading guilty in Ballina Local Court last week to one offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009.

Dune damage, Broadwater National Park

The Court heard that in December 2016 a patrolling Ranger from Richmond Valley Council saw a vehicle driving in the sand dunes at Salty Lagoon.

The driver of the vehicle was stopped and as the area was in Broadwater National Park the incident was reported the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The driver was subsequently issued with a penalty notice that he elected to have dealt with by a court initially pleading not guilty.

The driver changed his plea to guilty and was convicted and fined $850 and ordered to pay professional costs of $500.

NPWS Richmond Area Manager Mark Pittavino said the outcome is a result of the local agency co-operative arrangements in dealing with unlawful 4wd use in the area.

"The outcome sends a clear message to the community that people must only drive in those areas permitted," Mark said.

"In the Richmond Valley local government area Motor vehicles are prohibited from travelling above the high water mark on all beaches, except when crossing the beach to and from the officially constructed access points," Mr Pittavino said.

People can find out about more about beach driving in the Richmond Valley at: 4WDs and Dogs on our Beaches