Man fined for driv­ing bull­dozer through state park

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

PARKS Vic­to­ria has suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted two men for driv­ing off-road through na­tional parks in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents that oc­curred in 2016.

A Mans­field man was fined $1340 af­ter il­le­gally driv­ing a bull­dozer through undis­turbed bush in Mt Sa­maria State Park near Mans­field in 2016.

He was pros­e­cuted in the Mans­field Mag­is­trates Court and was placed on a three-month Good Be­hav­iour Bond.

A Carin­gal man has been fined $1000, plus court costs, by the La­trobe Val­ley Mag­is­trates Court af­ter il­le­gally felling trees and driv­ing ‘offroad’ in the Moon­darra State Park in 2016.

Both cases were brought to court fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Parks Vic­to­ria staff.

“Any­one who wants to drive a ve­hi­cle on pub­lic land must do so within rel­e­vant reg­u­la­tions and lo­cal shire laws,” said Parks Vic­to­ria re­gional en­force­ment coordinator, Martin Downs.

“Driv­ing off road or on closed roads may re­sult in se­vere penal­ties.

“It also is il­le­gal to cut or fell veg­e­ta­tion on pub­lic land with­out per­mis­sion.

“The of­fence can at­tract se­ri­ous penal­ties in­clud­ing fines and con­vic­tions in court.

“We en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­port in­ci­dents of il­le­gal or anti-so­cial ac­tiv­ity on pub­lic land to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP), or Parks Vic­to­ria.

“All in­for­ma­tion re­ported is done so con­fi­den­tially,” Mr Downs added.

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