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The Department of Parks and Wildlife is conducting an operation at Wedge, north of Perth during the Australia Day long weekend.

The operation will include vehicle and visitor screening at road blocks; patrols and compliance management.

DPaW’s Director of Parks and Visitor Services, Peter Sharp said the department was asking for cooperation from shack lessees and visitors to help make Wedge safe.

“Last year more than 4000 people gathered at Wedge on Australia Day. The area can’t cope with this level of visitation and the illegal camping and anti-social behaviour that unfortunately comes with it,” he said.

“To manage numbers during the 2014 Australia Day long weekend, shack lessees will be permitted to accommodate only one camping unit – for example, a single tent or caravan – alongside each shack.

“Camping in other areas of the reserve will not be permitted. Camping includes tents, caravans, camper trailers, swags and sleeping within, on-top-of or underneath vehicles.”

WA Police will also be out in force for the Australia Day long weekend and will be applying a zero tolerance policy to:

  • driving under the influence of alcohol
  • illicit drug possession and/or use
  • drinking in public
  • hooning, reckless driving, use of unlicensed vehicles, and
  • anti-social behaviour.

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