Park visitors praised for their efforts
Friday 28 December, 2018
Parks Victoria implemented Operation Cheshire this past weekend at Wilsons Promontory National Park in the lead up to the Summer holiday season.
The operation was conducted in response to recent reports of illegal and anti-social activities along with targeted enforcement patrols before the peak visitor period commences.
Parks Victoria’s Regional Enforcement Coordinator, Martin Downs said Enforcement Officers spoke to hundreds of visitors to the Park over the weekend, and that overall visitor and camper behavior was very good with only a few reports of antisocial behavior and illegal activity.
Mr Downs said it was encouraging to see people enjoying the great outdoors over the weekend, however it was disappointing that some people continue to ignore information, signage and disrespect the reasonable use and enjoyment of other park users.
Mr Downs said offences observed for which Infringement Notices were issued include one $322 for a dog in a national park and six $806 for driving on a signed closed road. A number of verbal and written warnings have also been issued for camping without a permit and the use of drones which is illegal in all national parks without a permit.
Parks Victoria is encouraging all visitors to parks and forests to research their trips and destinations thoroughly prior to departure to get the most out of their holiday and avoid possible penalties. Park, forest and Police Officers will be actively patrolling and enforcing regulations during the holiday season to ensure that all visitors are conducting their activities safely and within regulations.
To ensure your visit or activity is safe and enjoyable, please visit the Parks Victoria website or Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
Media enquiriesMelanie McVey-Di Lazzaro
Parks Victoria media centre