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19 January 2018
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Lake Eacham is a national treasure and a fun family destination, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will again be working with Queensland Police to make sure visitors keep it that way on Australia Day.
QPWS Acting Senior Ranger Miki Bradley said large numbers of locals and overseas visitors flocked to the deep, cool lake in Crater Lakes National Park near Atherton during hot spells and on public holidays.
“Everyone’s welcome, but bad behaviour isn’t,” Ms Bradley said.
“Most people look after this World Heritage site and respect other visitors, but unfortunately the behaviour of a relative few is turning off families and tourists.
“While last Australia Day at Lake Eacham was an improvement on previous years, with positive comments to rangers, some families still had concerns about alcohol-related behaviour.
“Some irresponsible people were seen taking their drinks out on rafts and blatantly dropping their empties into the waters of this amazing crater lake—then leaving the inflatables in the lake too.
“On 26 January we will have extra patrols, and will again ask visitors not to take food and alcohol onto the lake, and will be issuing $252 on-the-spot fines for littering. We’ll also direct unruly people to leave the park.
Rangers will also be doing additional patrols at nearby Lake Tinaroo on this busy weekend.
“Police will be showing their support, patrolling and running random breath-testing of motorists. Last year we saw numerous cases of alcohol-related disorderly conduct and Police removed one man from the park.
“It’s disheartening for those who love Lake Eacham to see it treated like this.
“The cost of extra patrols and rubbish collection on peak days means less money to spend on improving the park’s facilities, which isn’t fair to the year-round visitors who appreciate this gem of a place.
“It’s a privilege to have this amazing park to enjoy. We ask everyone to be respectful, bin your rubbish or take it with you, remember that not everyone enjoys your music, stay out of the restricted areas, and don’t bring your pets. Assistance dogs are permitted.
“Please look after this special part of our incredible country, and encourage others to do so,” Ms Bradley said.