Environmental vandalism – damage to rock surface, Mount Ngungun, Glass House Mountains National Park

Issued: 8 November 2018

Please attribute to a Department of Environment and Science (DES) spokesperson:

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) takes the vandalism of Queensland’s protected areas very seriously, and strong penalties do apply.

In a national park or protected area, everything is protected including the soil and rocks, and it is an offence under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to take, use, keep or interfere with a cultural or natural resource in a protected area.

The maximum penalty for this offence is $391,650 or 2 years imprisonment.

QPWS will take a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who permanently marks or destroys our protected landscape.

Mount Ngungun is also a spiritually significant site to the Kabi Kabi people, and it is disappointing that some visitors fail to see the long-term impacts that their actions can have on a natural area.

Anyone who has information about this vandalism can contact QPWS on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).