Park visitors commended for excellent behaviour along the South Gippsland coast over long weekend
Wednesday 30 January, 2019
Parks Victoria has praised visitors for their conduct while out enjoying the coastal and marine parks in South Gippsland over the Australia Day long weekend.
Rangers and Enforcement Officers patrolled parks and engaged with thousands of park visitors who braved the hot weather to visit the Cape Conran Coastal Park, Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Corner Inlet and Wilsons Promontory Marine National Parks. Whether visiting for the day, camping, hiking, swimming, boating or fishing, most people exploring the parks were respectful of the natural environment and those around them.
Unfortunately, there were still some who ignored information and breached park regulations. Seventeen infringement notices were issued for offences which included lighting a fire in a national park, bringing dogs into a coastal park, driving off-road, illegal camping and fishing in a marine national park.
Visitors to parks are encouraged to research trips and destinations thoroughly prior to departure to get the most out of their stay and avoid possible penalties. Parks Victoria Officers are actively patrolling and enforcing regulations to make sure all visitors are conducting their activities safely and per the regulations.
To ensure your visit or activity is safe and enjoyable, please visit the Parks Victoria website.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Regional Enforcement Coordinator, Martin Downs:
“It is encouraging to see so many people visiting parks and enjoying themselves safely and with respect for the natural environment and other park users.”
“Visitors need to be aware of park regulations, and the activities which are permitted in our parks. Signage is not always available and the onus is on an individual to check what they can or can’t do. Regulations are in place to ensure visitor safety and to protect plants, animals and their crucial habitats.”
“Fishermen are asked to download the free Vic Fishing App and ensure they are familiar with exclusion zones within marine national park boundaries to avoid penalties.”