18.8 C
Byron Shire
December 10, 2023

4WD driver fined nearly $5000 after National park trespass

Latest News

High risk vehicles to be stopped and checked for fire ants at NSW Qld border

The detection of Red Imported Fire Ants at South Murwillumbah has seen a quick response from the Department of Primary Industries who have now started their next wave of operation in response. 

Other News

Fatal two-vehicle crash – Richmond PD

Just after 7pm Thursday, 30 November 2023, emergency services responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash along the Pacific Highway, Woodburn, about 35km south of Lismore.

Pub’s live music under pressure

Just two weeks after NSW Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, John Graham, released ‘Vibrancy Reforms’ to ‘encourage businesses to innovate and put on live performance by giving them certainty’, the Eltham Hotel had noise restrictions placed on them by Liquor and Gaming NSW.

Kirtan and Sacred Music

House of Bliss is proud to present its 10th Kirtan and Sacred Music Festival this Saturday at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

Tweed development wave continues with $5.2m unit block proposal for city centre

Developers are proposing to build a $5.2m apartment complex near the centre of Tweed Heads as the recent wave of development applications in the town continues.

Concert Series – Screen Sounds

The Ballina RSL is hosting an all-ages event this weekend with a mesmerising journey through the cinematic soundscapes of the silver screen and gaming nostalgia with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra.

Lismore to host National Junior Baseball competition

The biggest junior baseball competition in Australia, which is a feeder into the US World Series will be held in Lismore in May 2024.

National Parks and Wildlife Services say they had to tow this 4WD from Mooball National Park after it illegally entered the closed flood repair site. PIC supplied

A 4WD driver who ignored signs advising a Northern Rivers national park was closed, got stuck and abandoned the car, has been fined nearly $5,000 for the adventure.

Mooball National Park is currently closed to the public until early 2024 while flood repairs continue, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services said last week.

The agency said several significant landslips had impacted Baranbali Road and Wabba Road.

‘The roads in Mooball National Park are closed because there is a legitimate risk to the safety of visitors driving on those roads,’ NPWS Principal Project Officer Silas Sutherland said.

‘The driver ignored three separate signs stating, “Park Closed” and “Road Closed” to reach its final destination,’ Mr Sutherland said.

‘The vehicle was found abandoned in steep terrain, and a number of NPWS staff, tow trucks and large plant were needed to retrieve it.’

Staff told The Echo they found the 4WD on 15 October after the driver left the park on foot.

The agency said no other people or vehicles were involved in the incident and that it subsequently fined the driver $4,800 alongside formal cautions.

‘By ignoring the closures, you not only put yourself at risk but you are exacerbating the damage and making it more difficult for us to repair,’ Mr Sutherland said.

For more information on Mooball National Park or other park or part park closures visit the NPWS website.

NB: This article was updated at 2pm on Monday 20 November to include confirmation by NNPWS staff of two facts pertaining to date of alleged incident and presence of passengers and/or other cars.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. That picture is not showing a bogged vehicle. I’ve sunk every one of my vehicles to the body shell, and gotten them out by hand. Does she just not understand how vehicles and physics work?

  2. When government can steal land from the people then make up fines Willy nillly, then you know your country has lost the plot.
    The national parks department should be charged for each and every catastrophic fire they have created due to mismanagement.

    These people are damaging our natural bushland, not helping it!


  3. I have to agree that it is totally dystopian how it has become illegal for the public to enter public land. If you are prepared to take the risk, then it’s nobody elses business what you do. On the ocassions that you can enter legitimately, you have to pay a fee. Soon you’ll be paying for the air you breathe.

  4. It is irresponsible individuals like this who give 4WD owners a bad reputation. Little men in big vehicles imagined as a phallus, found wanting and limping away.

  5. N/P are a joke . They will use any excuse to close a public road NP road down . They are spending 100s of millions of dollars of public money behind the closed gates. Most of these gates will never be opened again. This is public land paid by you the tax payer & your not allowed in .

    • I agree, Andy.
      E.G. Gibbergunyah Road near Rocky Creek Dam was closed by NPWS over 5 yrs ago for “maintenance”.
      I suspect this too will never get re-opened to the public.

  6. National Parks are declared PROTECTED AREAS, for the principal purpose of giving NATURE primacy, not humans. It’s not dystopian its insurance.
    Insurance that we will still have clean air to breath etcetera etcetera etcetera.
    Humans don’t have a God Given right to go everywhere and anywhere they think they should be legally allowed. This Selfish, self-seeking, self-justified and willfully ignorant action is why NP’s are closed.
    $5000 fine wouldn’t even pay for the removal of the vehicle.

      • Hello??? That’s what NP did…with enough signage for any dolt to realise they should just keep out! Probably should also put some sort of notation on their rego as well as the fine.
        Nature fixes things huh? Good you realise this. See the bifurcation coming on strong?

      • Obviously condoning off areas doesn’t work. It’s very rough terrain in there, and the entitled in their oversized ‘tanks’ sadly need to be protected from themselves.

    • The Cyanobacteria in the oceans ‘cleans’ the air.
      There is literally no point in nature existing, other than to serve its ultimate creation, us.
      That vehicle is not stuck. Inserting the key and driving it back out does not cost $5000

  7. I can’t believe the sentiments written here. We are so fortune in Australia to have so many breathtakingly beautiful national parks across the country. Some of the experiences of a lifetime can be had visiting and walking in them.

    I’m so grateful they are preserved and protected for me and generations to come (if they survive). I’m happy to pay the small sum to have the facilities, for camping or day tripping, maintained. These comments indicate just how important a few rules are for the sake of all of us.

    • Standing on top of Ayers Rock was pretty cool, but now they have locked that away from my daughter, so it may as well not exist. Only a tiny amount of land being locked away can actually be accessed. I’m sure they will make nice estates for the owners kids in the future.

      • I climbed it too. I wish I hadn’t now I am aware that the traditional owners found this offensive. At the time it was more about the challenge and wearing with honour the Tshirt: I climbed Ayer’s Rock. Pretty tacky really and I’ve seen better views from lots of other vantage points.

        I have been travelling around Aus for many decades and any changes to access and latitude are minimal. Given that it was all First Nations land once it could be worse.

        I see the situation with coownership of national parks a bit like the share house situation. There will always be the slobs who leave dishes in the sink and skiddies in the toilet bowl, their detritus left all over the place. They consume all the communal supplies and never replace them. They’re either read the riot act or given the DCB.

        • The moderator won’t let me show you the video with the citations, but those with Traditional owner status are actually the wrong mob, and no one was living there for 50 years until White People made it one of our pilgrimage sites.

  8. It’s a pity Australians are kept out of so called national parks by the powers that be!
    Most of them are just being ruined by government mismanagement. Over run by weeds and feral pests but definitely no humans!!
    Under the guise of ‘protecting’ out parks,what a joke

    • It clearly states that landslides and damage to to roads is the reason for closure, shame so many are reacting to the headlines without reading the information.
      We’re so lucky to have these beautiful national parks and reserves to preserve some portions of what once was the whole valley. Why do people find it so hard to just follow instructions for their own and other’s safety?

  9. Perhaps we should insist on public service to be called ” service to public”. It would also help to stop and think before changing something which works for the sake of someone enhancing his or her’s carrier somewhere in Sydney CBD.

          • I want to deport 50% of the population, or at least carve out a White ethno-state. In what way does that make me ‘Mr Access for All’? I’m simply not getting roped into the tired old ‘Tragedy of the Commons vs State Tyranny’ debate.

          • You were upset about not being able to climb Uluṟu- I then found it curious that you’d seem to be inferring making all NPs private property was the answer to hoonery.

          • Ayers Rock is not privately owned. Let me buy it, and you will be able to pay $20 to walk up the raised walk way to its observation deck.

  10. We’re these fines being handed out in the 1800s?
    Just don’t pay the fine…

    And how much damage did their heavy machinery do retrieving this apparently stuck vehicle… I bet it was 10 times more than if they just winched themselves out…

    Yeah winge all you like about me… yes I have a 4×4 with 39 inch tyres and “destroy the tracks” apparently
    Last I checked the local bush fire and rescue truck has 63 inch tyres and weighs 3 times more than my car so I would hardly think I’m doing anything in comparison

    • Dead right,, most of these people don’t go out into the bush to know how fast nature takes it back over again, planet earth been doing what it’s doing for billions of years an they think bunch of broken trees rutted out tracks an heaps of carbon monoxide is gonna have any affect, an trees like carbon monoxide I thought, anyway they need to wake up to them selves keep to them selves an stop closing down tracks,, mate the way it’s going im gonna find the peoples houses who close the track down and I’ll lock the hubs in on there lawns

      • I just spent weeks on my tractor dealing with natures imperialist, colonial tendencies. Three years of nature being unchallenged, and I had 4m high trees growing through roads, and covering fire breaks. I’m sure it’s worse in non-desert areas.

  11. Yes, poor park rangers. NSWNP have had their staff and budgets cut to near zero by successive conservative governments but are expected to manage fire, threatened species, public recreation and public idiots. Instead of slinging off at our precious National Parks and hardworking Parkies we should be supporting them. I recall they saved Brunswick Heads from an arsonist’s fire just a few short weeks ago.

  12. Great job. Why people need to drive their vehicles everywhere and over everything exacerbates me. If you gotta do it follow the rules. They apply to everyone equally, your not special.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Kingscliff hosts largest triathlon since covid

Over 1,600 athletes were in Kingscliff over the weekend to participate in the largest triathlon since covid.

Vale Pam Sonia

Very sadly, local treasure Pam Sonia passed away in Ewingsdale, last Wednesday, December 6. 

Blue-green algae ‘amber alert’ at Lake Ainsworth

As the summer heats up there has been an increase in the blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head and an ‘amber alert' has been flagged by Ballina Shire Council.

Lismore to host National Junior Baseball competition

The biggest junior baseball competition in Australia, which is a feeder into the US World Series will be held in Lismore in May 2024.