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Illegal party-goers could face up to $3300 in fines. Photo supplied.

An area in the Arakwal National Park has been trashed by illegal party-goers, who if found, could face up to $3300 in fines.

The site, which is important for both indigenous cultural reasons and conservation significance, was trashed during an illegal party last weekend.

Equipment, rubbish, clothing and human waste products were strewn throughout an area of bush next to Tallow Creek.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff were left to clean up the disgraceful aftermath on Sunday morning 16 June 2019.

The native vegetation was trampled, and tree branches had been cut for an illegal fire and to make space for the party.

The area is used as a refuge by threatened shorebirds, and as habitat and a food source for other native wildlife.

National Parks are established for the protection of these special places and the species they support.

Unauthorised large-scale events are prohibited due to the damage and disturbance they cause to the environment, as well as safety concerns for the participants and surrounding community.

It can take years for a site to recover and sometimes irreversible damage is caused, especially when threatened species are involved.

Several illegal dance parties have occurred at Tallow Beach within the last few months.

NPWS has fined some of the organisers of past events and is now calling for help from the community to prevent further damage occurring.

People can assist by reporting information about the parties to National Parks, or by calling the Police. Please contact Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or the Byron NPWS Office 6639 8300.

Holding illegal events in National Parks can lead to the prosecution of individuals for up to $3300 per offence.

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  1. $3,300 ?……..This is a National Park with protected species !
    Why isn’t the fine fitting the crime ? I would have assumed the fine should be more like $330.000
    …and isn’t this the same area ,Tallow creek ,that the local Byron shire council decided to kill the whole estuarine ecosystem in order to placate a few local yobos who felt inconvenienced by the environment, that they chose to live in ?
    No doubt these party- going tourists will not be seen again ,however we do know where to find this incompetent council . Somebody call ‘Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or the Byron NPWS Office 6639 8300.’

    • Thank you Ken! I love how certain areas they deem sacred and others are fine to destroy for a bypass or other community need. It’s extremely double-sided and depends on who will benefit (it’s not usually the environment).

  2. The hostels used to bus em down to Tallows for a big dance party and back again. I dont know if they still do. I dont know if they even talk to each other these days. Surely locals to this recent one are not deaf. As soon as it starts ,ring the police who can nip it in the bud. Easier to stop than later when the kids are belligerent and mon compliant. Thing I hate about alcohol is that most of the kids on their own as individuals would not act this way but it’s in the group when they are drunk they do stupid things. I’ve never understood the Herd mentality, not having a teenager hood’ growing up in the desert.

  3. This story makes me really angry! These ‘kids’ from wherever they come, from probably claim to be ‘environmentalists. Then they trash a national park. I live nearby and reported this because I could hear the noise from my home
    So many times I have walked through the Ntl Park to Tallows and seen rubbish and overflowing bins, signs of camp fires, even people camping with dogs and reported it to NPWS. Such stupidity and ignorance disgusts me.
    There are signs everywhere that people simply ignore. The fines are inadequate and those caught should be forced to clean up their mess and help restore the habitats of the poor creatures they terrorised as well as pay severe fines or even do a term in prison.
    Hostels should be posting signs stating the rules for entering a NationalPark

    • Get Real ! peterl
      The point is the local council has just committed an environmental crime that makes this look about as devastating as picking your nose in church !

  4. I met a few Canadian girls staying at one of the locals hostels that’s how they found out about it and went Said it was a bit out of control. Drugs drugs drugs. Hostels usually know about them.

  5. They used to be lovely gatherings with locals enjoying a secluded safe bush gathering.. now it’s all organised and run by the backpackers and has been for the past few years now.. and the minority of them don’t give a shit about our NP or our wildlife or anything..


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