Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service investigates campground damage
5 February 2018
Rangers have closed a section of Fong On Bay camping area in Danbulla State Forest on Lake Tinaroo due to vandalism by campers over the Australia Day long weekend that left part of the campground unusable.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Principal Ranger Andrew Millerd said vehicles had been used to do “doughnuts” through the campground at high speed, destroying large areas of turf that would take some time to recover.
“This type of activity will not be tolerated,” Mr Millerd said.
“Families nearby reported the activities and that they had feared for their safety, as well having their camping weekend ruined.
“Not only were those campers impacted, but until the damage is repaired, this usually popular site has been spoiled for everyone else.
“The maximum penalty for vandalising a state forest is $2523 per offence. On-the-spot fines can also be imposed,” he said.
Mr Millerd said QPWS had extra ranger patrols on the Tableland over the long weekend.
“Rangers and Police also patrolled Lake Eacham in Crater Lakes National Park,” he said.
“Despite the wet weather, the lake was very popular on Australia Day. Most visitors had a great day, were well behaved and complied with our request not to take drink containers onto the lake.
“We want everyone to be able to visit our beautiful parks and forests, look after them, and enjoy themselves safely.
“Rangers and Police are investigating the Fong On Bay camping area incident with information provided by other campers, and we will continue to work hard and patrol these areas to stop disrespectful, destructive or dangerous behaviour in our parks and forests.”
Anyone with information in relation to these reports from the long weekend is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.