Cam­paign tar­gets il­le­gal camp­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

OP­ER­A­TION Aer­ate, tar­get­ing il­le­gal camp­ing, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and traf­fic of­fences, is un­der­way in Gayn­dah.

Timed to co­in­cide with cit­rus sea­son, Po­lice Sergeant Joshua Ryan said the proac­tive cam­paign was a re­sponse to last year’s van­dal­ism at lo­cal parks and con­cerns raised by town res­i­dents.

About 50 sea­sonal work­ers who at­tended a Fri­day night meet and greet at the Golden Or­ange Ho­tel-Mo­tel re­ceived warn­ings about drink-driv­ing and il­le­gal camp­ing, as well as a North Bur­nett wel­come pack.

With overnight camp­ing banned at Claude Whar­ton Weir and limited to a max­i­mum of 20 hours at Zon­hoven Park from mid last year, Sgt Ryan said po­lice were proac­tively tar­get­ing il­le­gal camp­ing.

“If peo­ple see any itin­er­ant work­ers in camp­ing ar­eas, please ad­vise po­lice of the time, date, ve­hi­cle and reg­is­tra­tion num­ber and how many there were,” he said.

Work­ers were be­ing en­cour­aged to stay in rental ac­com­mo­da­tion or car­a­van parks, with Riverview Car­a­van Park of­fer­ing a short-term dis­count.

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