Be warned: Rangers will be out in force during Sunday’s Australia Day celebrations


IF you decide to drive into Wollongong’s Australia Day celebrations on Sunday, be warned. Wollongong Council’s rangers will be out in force to discourage dangerous parking and illegal camping.

Council warns that while shade structures or tents are allowed during the day, they must be down by 8pm. Drivers are asked to follow the road rules and the signage when it comes to parking their vehicles.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury said drivers should not park on grass reserves, median strips or in other prohibited and unsafe locations.

“Wollongong’s beaches and foreshore reserves are a busy destination for locals and tourists especially during summer,” he said.

“However, our reserves and parks are for everyone to enjoy with their families and friends and there is no excuse for camping illegally or for parking dangerously or inappropriately.”

Camping and staying overnight at parks or reserves is prohibited and Council rangers will work to ensure visitors are aware of these restrictions.

Cr Bradbury said penalties apply for dangerous and illegal parking practices and camping and staying overnight in prohibited locations is not on. This is to limit damage to reserves and parks.

“Just like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, our rangers are asking that all community members do the right thing and respect the camping and parking rules,” he said.

“So park safely and sensibly and make sure any tents and shade structures are down by 8pm. If you’re thinking of camping, make sure you reserve a spot in one of our local camping grounds. By working together we can all enjoy our beaches and reserves.”

For more information call Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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