Crack down on illegal camping and parking over holiday period

A CRACK down on illegal camping and dangerous parking will be undertaken at beaches, reserves and parks over the holiday period.

Wollongong City Council rangers will be out and about to ensure visitors are aware of restrictions, including the ban on camping and staying overnight at parks or reserves. Penalties apply for illegal camping and staying overnight in reserves and most parks.

While shade structures or tents are allowed during the day, they must be down by 8pm. At the same time, drivers should not park on grass reserves, median strips or other prohibited and unsafe locations.

Rangers will also be on the lookout for illegal parking at beaches, reserves and parks.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council is anticipating higher numbers of people on beaches, parks and reserves this summer.

“These spaces are for everyone to enjoy safely and there is no excuse for camping illegally or parking dangerously or inappropriately,” he said.

“We all need to share these spaces and do the right thing so we can all have a fun, enjoyable and safe summer.

 “Our community values their natural environment and want to see these spaces protected and cared for. Camping is prohibited to limit damage to our reserves and parks,” Cr Bradbery said.

“At the same time, more people mean busier roads and more pedestrians and cyclists using our shared paths and cycleways. It’s important that all drivers do the right thing and park safely and sensibly so to cause the least disruption to others.

“We hope you enjoy the summer and stay safe. Remember when you visit Wollongong to park safely, and make sure any tents and shade structures are down by 8pm. If you want to camp, make sure you reserve a spot in one of our local camping grounds or tourist parks.

“If you’re driving into the Wollongong CBD or to one of our busier beaches, consider alternative methods of travel. We’ve recently upgraded sections of footpaths and cycleways as part of our commitment as a Bike City. It’s never been easier to walk or ride a bike around Wollongong or in our suburbs.”

For more information call Council customer service on (02) 4227 7111.

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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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