Man fined for driving bulldozer through state park
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.