Vanessa Bates and Vicki Bennett get ready to toast New Year 2009 at the Pacific Hotel.
Vanessa Bates and Vicki Bennett get ready to toast New Year 2009 at the Pacific Hotel.

Police crackdown on campers

EXPECT to see an increased police and ranger presence along the Clarence Coast, starting this week.

The increased number of uniformed patrols is part of the annual crackdown at campgrounds and villages along the coast over the New Year’s Eve period to target antisocial behaviour.

An embargo has been placed on leave applications for police in the Coffs Clarence LAC. According to Inspector Darren Spooner, “there will be plenty of cops around.”

He welcomed visitors to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the region but said if people were going to create a problem they should expect police intervention.

Rangers from Clarence Valley Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS), along with police, will be patrolling potential trouble spots in Yuraygir National Park and coastal villages including Wooli, Minnie Water and Brooms Head.

If any trouble develops, areas will be closed at short notice, NPWS area manager for Clarence South Andrew Lugg said.

He said curfews will also be in place at camping grounds, a crime prevention strategy that has proved successful in recent years.

“We hope that this year is incident-free,” he said.

Access restrictions include:

  • Access to the Illaroo campground and Sandon beach will be restricted to only campers already in the campground between 9am on December 31 until 7am January 1.
  • Minnie Water Caravan Park will have additional security measures including access restrictions.
  • Nip Welsh Park, the adjacent Minnie Water beach and Minnie Water back beach will be closed to vehicles after 4pm on New Year’s Eve.
  • Brooms Head, Sandon and Lake Arragan camping areas will have a strong police, NPWS and council presence.

Mr Lugg said NPWS apologised if the measures inconvenienced some people.

“However, they aim to ensure holidaying families are able to enjoy a safe and enjoyable holiday,” he said.

Information on the temporary arrangements can be found at the Grafton offices of NPWS or council.



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