RANGERS will be out in force over the summer holidays reminding visitors to beaches, parks, and foreshore areas that tents and structures must come down by 8pm.
These holidays, Wollongong City Council will be running a community safety program to discourage illegal camping and dangerous parking.
Here are the rules:
- While shade structures or tents are allowed during the day, they must be packed away by 8pm
- It’s illegal to park a car on the grass reserve, median strips or across driveways.
- Parking rules will remain in place during the public holidays.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that Council Compliance Officers will be taking a proactive approach to educating people on the rules around illegal camping and parking.
Those who chose not to follow the rules, he said, may be fined.
“Camping and staying overnight at parks or reserves is prohibited and we will make sure visitors are aware of these restrictions,” Cr Bradbery said.
Penalties do apply for dangerous and illegal parking practices. Camping and staying overnight in prohibited locations is also not on and will be policed. These rules are in place to limit damage to our reserves and parks.
“Please do the right thing when you visit our beaches, parks, and reserves. We want to make sure that everyone can enjoy our public spaces and we need your help to ensure that they remain in good condition.
“The same goes for rubbish. We will have extra bins and even some recycling bins at many of our popular foreshore locations. Please put your rubbish in the appropriate bin, and if for whatever reason you can’t immediately find one, hold onto your rubbish until you can dispose of it responsibly.”
For more information visit Council’s Dive into Summer webpage.
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We camped at Coledale Beach and experienced both incidents of illegal parking (even on our allocated site!) as well as structures on public reserve areas.
Rangers were conspicuous by there absence with only Animal Control passing through, and only leaving their vehicle to review public reserve areas on only 2 to 3 occasions over a 14 day period. Parking rangers were not observed despite parking in No Standing zones and in excess of the 4 hour time limit.
As a regular during the public holiday periods, the ongoing illegal parking and after hour structures, many statements by WCC Councillors are made but are either ineffective or under resourced.
Now let’s review the access road that has a 8kph speed limit. I was nearly hit twice this Xmas by vehicles travelling well in excess of a “steady walking pace.” Last year a mother managed to recover a small child to safety as a car sped by. It is only a matter of time before a serious injury occurs as incidents are a regular event.
So illegal parking, temporary structures and speeding controls are inadequate and ineffective.
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