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Illegal parkers at Matilda Bay to receive fines

The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that fines will be issued to vehicles parked illegally at Matilda Bay Reserve starting 16 December, following the introduction of new laws.

Parks and Wildlife Regional Parks Unit manager Shawn Debono said parking along Australia II Drive and within the reserve had been haphazard and unsafe.

“Historically, Parks and Wildlife officers could only issue an infringement to the driver of an illegally parked vehicle. Changes to the law mean infringements can now be left on vehicle windscreens, in the same manner as local governments,” Mr Debono said

“The community has for a long time been frustrated by people parking in undesignated areas, including in boat trailer bays, which has created access and safety concerns, particularly during peak periods.” he said.

“Recent amendments to the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 now enable authorised officers to issue infringements to vehicles parked illegally.

“Vehicles parked contrary to a sign or not displaying a valid parking ticket will be fined $50 for each offence, as it is important that we discourage illegal parking to make it an equitable and safe site for all users.”

 

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