Keeping Clarence Valley coastal campgrounds and villages safe from anti-social behaviour over New Year’s Eve was the focus of a recent meeting of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Clarence Valley Council (CVC), NSW Police and community representatives.

NPWS Area Manager for Clarence South, Andrew Lugg, said” We want to ensure that visitors can continue to enjoy New Year celebrations in a safe environment.

“Park visitors have been able to enjoy a safe and peaceful environment over recent years due to a number of controls that were in place and co-ordinated with other agencies and community groups.

“We hope that this year is also incident-free, and to help ensure this we are putting a number of measures in place.”

Some access restrictions will apply throughout this time including:

  • Access to the Illaroo campground and Sandon beach will be restricted to only campers already in the campground between 9am Thursday December 31st 2009 and 7am Friday January 1st 2010.
  • Minnie Water Caravan Park will have additional security measures including access restrictions.
  • Nip Welsh Park, the adjacent Minnie Water beach and Minnie Water backbeach will be closed to vehicles after 4pm.
  • Brooms Head, Sandon and Lake Arragan camping areas will have a strong police, NPWS and CVC presence.

“Rangers from Clarence Valley Council and the NPWS, along with police, will be patrolling potential trouble spots in Yuraygir National Park and nearby coastal villages. Areas will be closed at short notice if trouble develops,” Mr Lugg said.

“We apologise if the measures inconvenience some people, however, they aim to ensure holidaying families are able to enjoy a safe and enjoyable holiday.”

Information on the temporary arrangements is available from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service or Clarence Valley Council offices at Grafton.