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Joint patrol targets permits and behaviour

31 August 2016

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers have issued more than a dozen infringement notices following a joint patrol on Saturday on the beaches adjacent to Byfield National Park.

The joint patrol, in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service resulted in QPWS rangers issuing 13 penalty infringement notices (PINs) for breaching environmental authority conditions.

The joint patrol ran from late on Saturday night to the early hours of Sunday morning with the majority of breaches relating to unlawfully bringing a vehicle into a marine park and camping without a permit.

Principal Ranger, Peter Moore said patrols such as these were an important reminder to check you know where you can drive and to have the appropriate permits for camping if staying overnight.

“All coastal waters adjacent to the Byfield area are protected marine parks and part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area,” Mr Moore said.

“Not only have visitors to the area failed to obtain the appropriate approvals to camp here but the behaviour witnessed across the weekend by some campers and drivers is nothing short of worrying.

QPS officers charged eight people with driving and drug related offences including drink driving, drug driving, possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear a seatbelt.

“The behaviour of many of the drivers and people present was the worst behaviour seen by police and rangers for many years.

“If what we witnessed on Saturday night is allowed to continue, someone will be seriously injured or worse,” Mr Moore said.

Joint patrols between QPWS and QPS will continue, to ensure inappropriate behaviour is stamped out.

Last updated
31 August 2016