26 September 2023

QPWS patrols keeping lakeside visitors safe

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Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) officers, together with the Queensland Police Service were out in force during the Australia Day holiday to make sure visitors to the Atherton Tablelands obeyed the rules.

Ranger in Charge at the QPWS, Ian McConnell said rangers monitored large numbers of visitors flocking to the cool waters of Lake Eacham, Tinaroo and Davies Creek.

“Most people look after these valuable protected areas and respect other visitors, but unfortunately the behaviour of a relative few can negatively impact the experiences of others and damage protected plants and wildlife,” Mr McConnell said.

“We worked with the Queensland Police Service to ensure the family-friendly nature of these sites was maintained.”

He said the main aim of the rangers was to protect the natural values of the protected areas and assist local families and tourists to enjoy their visits, while limiting their impact on the environment.

“There was zero tolerance towards antisocial behaviour, misconduct, domestic animals in national parks, littering, glass and the consumption of alcohol on Lake Eacham,” Mr McConnell said.

“Rangers and police had the power to direct those doing the wrong thing to leave, and we had no hesitation in using it.”

He said police patrolled nearby roads, conducting random breath tests on motorists.

“We encouraged visitors to be respectful, bin their rubbish or take it with them if the bins were full,” Mr McConnell said.

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