Nice blitz against illegal campers near Margaret River | Augusta-Margaret River Courier

Travelers camping in Wooditjup National Park near Margaret River were fined a total of 45 fines Thursday morning as Augusta Margaret River County Parks and Wildlife Rangers and WA Police face peak in illegal camping.

Illegal camping in the area results in a fine of $ 100 and illegal dumping of $ 200.

The County has issued fines and a warning to visitors to the area with the intention of camping for free.

Firefighters won’t know where you are if you camp freely in the bush, and I’ve seen fires move so quickly that they can create incredibly dangerous situations in a short period of time.

Adam Jasper, AMR Shire Emergency Services Manager

Ranger coordinator Narelle Graue said the region is renowned for its pristine natural environment and the large number of campers settled in the bush without toilets or waste disposal facilities put significant pressure on the bush areas.

“Although we welcome visitors to our area, there are no free campsites in our County,” Ms. Graue said.

“The real cost of this type of camping is paid by the environment and indirectly by the residents whose rates are used to clean the waste left on site, to rehabilitate the trampled bush and to cover the water bills of travelers dependent on showers. public and other facilities.

Our visitor numbers peak at this time of year, with few accommodations or campsites available at the last minute. “

Ms Graue said it was essential for people planning to live in their vehicle to make arrangements at official campsites or on private property before arriving in the area.

“If you are looking for seasonal work, there are a number of wineries that allow workers to park their vehicles and stay within their rights at work,” she said.

“We recommend that you contact your employer or potential employer to discuss accommodation options if you are unable to find a place to stay or if you lose your accommodation while working in the area.

“Local residents who are willing to offer spare rooms or space for travelers to park are encouraged to advertise on the Margaret River Backpackers Facebook group or on Gumtree.”

AMR Shire’s director of emergency services, Adam Jasper, said illegal camping presented a major safety concern around bushfires.

“We recently had two major incidents of bushfires in our County, with official campsites evacuated just in time and several personal property burned to the ground,” Mr. Jasper said.

“Firefighters won’t know where you are if you camp for free in the bush, and I’ve seen fires move so quickly they can create incredibly dangerous situations in a short period of time.

“Our bush is dry as tinder, with conditions as dry as we usually expected in late summer,” he said.

“Bush cooking on open stoves or lighting campfires in unnamed areas can unintentionally start a bushfire.

“This creates a very real risk to the surrounding community where people live and work.”

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