Agencies crackdown on off-road vehicles
7 April 2017
Agencies across the Great Southern will join forces in a crackdown on illegal off-road vehicle activity over the Easter long-weekend.
City of Albany rangers will work with officers from the WA Police, Water Corporation and Department of Transport to educate people on responsible use of off-road vehicles and ensure compliance with local and State laws.
City of Albany Ranger Team Leader Colin Hyde said the operation was focussed on ensuring the safety of visitors and locals using our local beaches and reserves and protecting those important natural environments.
“Beaches and reserves are shared spaces, used by many members of the community for a variety of recreational activities,” Mr Hyde said.
“The mix of unlicensed off-road vehicles and other activities in an uncontrolled manner can create a risk to all users of the area, as well as negatively impact native flora and fauna.”
Mr Hyde said rangers regularly received reports of unlicensed vehicle activity on beaches and reserves.
Off - road vehicles such as motorbikes, trikes, quads and homemade buggies are often seen on beaches and council reserves throughout peak holiday periods. Road registered vehicles are allowed where signs indicate however off-road vehicles, including those registered as off-road vehicles and unregistered vehicles are not allowed on any Albany beaches or reserves.
Water Corporation Regional Manager, Adrian Stewart said Catchment Rangers would be patrolling drinking water catchments to prevent illegal recreational activities.
“Recreational activities such as four-wheel driving, swimming, and fishing in water catchment areas can adversely impact the quality of drinking water supplies,” Mr Stewart said.
“We are asking the community to abide by signage in these areas and protect our precious drinking water supplies.”
Whilst off-road vehicles will remain the focus, on this occasion, other matters will be addressed as they are discovered by Rangers and Police.