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Enjoy the great outdoors but know before you go!

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Enjoy the great outdoors, but know before you go!

Parks Victoria is calling on visitors and campers to National and State Parks to make sure they are aware of the basic regulations that apply when visiting a park, particularly in the lead up to the Easter long weekend.

Parks Victoria’s Regional Enforcement Coordinator-Eastern Region Martin Downs said travelling to National and State Parks is a fantastic way to get away, relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends.

“We were delighted to see hundreds of people enjoying the great outdoors and demonstrating excellent behaviour during the recent Labour Day weekend where Parks Victoria enforcement staff patrolled the Mitchell River National Park and Lake Tyers State Park.

However, 12 Infringement Notices and eight Official Warnings were issued over that long weekend for breaches of regulations which include bringing dogs into a National Park, unattended campfires, driving off-road, illegal camping and illegal fires.

“The majority of campers acted responsibly and within regulations, but it is frustrating when some people don’t follow camping regulations such as leaving campfires unattended during the night and bringing dogs into a park”, said Mr Downs.

“Given Victoria’s growing population, we are seeing more and more people getting out and exploring our parks, so we are just reminding our visitors to be prepared and know the regulations along with camping etiquette before you go”, added Mr Downs.

Parks Victoria will be conducting follow-up patrols in the Mitchell River National Park and Lake Tyers State Park during the Easter holiday break.

Dogs are not permitted in National Parks. A very small number of regional parks allow dogs on leashes and the best way to check is to look at the individual park page on the Parks Victoria website or call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963.

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Melanie McVey-Di Lazzaro

Parks Victoria media centre

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