Norval Park Beach

Campers evicted after illegal camping

AFTER a number of complaints Bundaberg Sugar has evicted illegal campers from its land at Norval Park Beach.

In January the NewsMail reported concerns from two terrified turtle researches, Dennis and Patricia Amor, who were worried about their own safety and the said the turtles were also at risk because of the illegal campers.

Mrs Amor said she was often scared by the actions of campers; they even had rocks and timber thrown at them.

"We called the police and reported it a number of times," she said.

Bundaberg Sugar general manager of farms Simon Doyle said Bundaberg Sugar had experienced issues with people camping on its private property and gave them a weeks notice to move on.

"This unlawful practice has caused significant issues for the company," Mr Doyle said.

"Rubbish is left behind, cattle fences are destroyed and in addition it is causing a nuisance to nearby property owners."

He said some members of the public had set up permanent camp sites and during school holidays more than 100 people were accessing the property for camping.

"As a corporate entity our company has certain regulatory obligations in relation to the proper and appropriate use and occupation of our land," he said.

"The Bundaberg Regional Council has authorised camping grounds nearby and we urge people to use those facilities."

"Bundaberg Sugar has supported the local community in various ways for over 130 years and it is unfortunate for those who have done the right thing when camping, but we cannot allow public use of our private property"

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