NPWS investigates vandal attack at Bendethra camping ground

Below is a news release from NSW NPWS.
Small wonder they close areas sometimes!!!!!!!!
Colin.

Please read this and if you can help, do so.
Lets catch these morons.
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News Release June 10, 2009
NPWS investigates vandal attack at Bendethra camping ground;

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has launched an investigation into a weekend of rampant vandalism at the Bendethra Camping area within Deua National Park west of Moruya.
NPWS staff carried out a routine inspection of the popular camping ground on Monday and was amazed to see the level of damage wrought on the site.
NPWS Far South Coast Regional Manager, Tim Shepherd, said today he was disgusted by the scale of the attack.
“Bendethra has been a target before but this time they have really caused some extensive damage.
“It would appear that the damage has been caused by a group of trail bike riders and four-wheel drives.
“Random circle work has been carried out in a wet camp ground across the flats.
“A section of Joeys Flat that had previously been used as a ‘mud pit’ by four-wheel—drive and motorcyclists was rehabilitated after previous vandalism earlier this year. This has been effectively reopened and destroyed again over the weekend.
“Silt fencing we installed to rehabilitate a steep section between the homestead paddock and Joeys Flat has been used for ‘hill climbing’ and the hill has been badly trashed.
“As if this wasn’t enough, the interpretation shelter which provides information for visitors about the Bendethra area, its history and natural features has been pulled out of the ground and smashed on the road.
“A broken motorcycle tie-down strap was found tied to one of the shelters uprights and obviously used to rip the shelter down.
“The vast majority of visitors who visit the Bendethra camping area are responsible people who show great care for the area and appreciate what the NPWS tries to do there in providing an amenable camping ground.
“Every now and then we get vandals whose mindless acts of violence destroy the area for everyone.
“We have previously caught and fined people for such acts at Bendethra because of the support from the general public in providing information that helps us catch the culprits.
“I’m hoping some was there to witness and record details so they can let us know who might have done this.
“We will be involving police in this investigation and when we catch those responsible I will make sure that they feel the fullest extent of the law.
“I anyone knows or saw anything in relation to this incident I’d urge them to contact the Narooma office of the NPWS as soon as possible on 44762888,” Mr Shepherd said.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 15:42

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 15:42
Very sad, happens up here all the time too!

It is what happens when kids are bought up not to be responsible for their own actions.

"... the fullest extent of law"? I'm sure that with the lenient sentencing that we have been seeing of late, that they will be quaking in their boots.

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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:12

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:12
Make that, Laughing in their boots.

These vandals should be shot drawn and quartered. :- (

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Follow Up By: Louie the fly (SA) - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:22

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:22
And sent the bill for the bullet!

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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:39

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:39
sad, sad, sad.......

We re-visited there just after Easter and were pleased to see the whole area looking beautiful again. It had been destroyed previously (a few years ago), and apparently earlier this year too according to the story above.

Whatever possesses these village idiots to get pleasure from this mindless destruction?

I really hope they get caught. But, unfortunately, even if they do, the most they will cop will be a severe beating with a feather.......

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Reply By: Louie the fly (SA) - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:20

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:20
Really, what can you say. I can never understand why these boguns feel the need to wreck everything (normally this type of damage is accompanied by a generous supply of smashed beer bottles). I suppose they get a skin full of the juice and think they are "having fun". We get this type of ordinary behaviour along the Murray in the public free camp areas. Setting fire to old gum trees, ripping up signs and rubbish bins, pinching peoples stuff. We were always brought up to respect everything. If my kids ever did this I'd disown them.

This sort of stuff fires me up. Wankers!

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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:35

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:35
Maybe if the rangers had been there over the weekend, rather than an inspection Monday morning, they would have caught the morons.... Why do we pay taxes and park fees? Agree it shouldn't have happened, but if rangers had been around, it may not have.....................
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Follow Up By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:50

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:50
Probably not enough money in the 'kitty' to work Sunday, but we would whinge if they put extra fees on park entrances. Catch 22 situation, but I guess the main problem is the perpetrators, not the lack of ranger presence. In a perfect world, we wouldn't need rangers, but due to the idiots around, we need more of them, and around more often.... that often leaves it to the average law abiding, reasonably behaved citizen to foot the bill to pay for either ranger presence, or repair and restoration work.......
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Follow Up By: briann532 - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 17:11

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 17:11
I realise there is no answer, but if these people were caught by someone other than the law and shown the size 10 Blundstones............
Oh well.............
I can dream can't I???

I bet they would be the first to front up at a cop shop screaming blue murder if someone scratched their motorbike or car.......

Maybe if people started accepting responsibility for there actions..........
Nah, that would never work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:26

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:26
i wear size 11 - let me be first to line up .......
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Follow Up By: ian zzr - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:40

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:40
agree with john, with people being asked or pushed to work alternate times eg saturday and sunday and take other days off, could make the difference , i frequent this place and would hate to see access changed, its part of my back yard down here, just my 2 bobs wrth,
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 07:39

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 07:39
Ian and soon to be part of my backyard soon also ! do you have any good spots you could recomend? ( with GPS co ords)

and im also guessing your a ZZR rider ?

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Follow Up By: ian zzr - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:08

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:08
hi boc no i dont have any particular gps spot i first visited bendethera 12 odd years ago , besides any other trips i do i at least try and get back here 2 or3 times a year to drive its tracks and view the beauty of it , couple of topo maps for the longer cuircut drives . till you know the area

yes zzr11 and dirt also
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Reply By: BenDiD - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 08:49

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 08:49
can only hope these mongrels get dealt with "informally". If anyone ever finds out who they are mm me, I'll be happy to do it.
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Julie (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 10:03

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 10:03
I used to go there thirty years ago most weekends, there was never any trouble the road in those days was very rocky and very slow going, water in the river was usually up to the door handles,a place to camp and relax, those days you wouldn't see anyone for the whole weekend
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 18:57

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 18:57
The way in is different now mat, I have memoires of the old way in & paying at the house to go to the caves, but still love going there with the kids its a lot easier now but even back then the owners had trouble with the odd group But he use to shoot at them back then (a few years ago walked a far bit of the old rd a lot of trees growing on & fallen over the rd)
was there a few weeks ago & only saw one other group you can still get the odd weekend with no one there but is rare & its in winter
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Reply By: Nic I - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:38

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:38
This is one of the premier 4WD destinations in NSW, a really lovely, special place.

But like many other places which have been abused before, vehicular access can and may well be stopped if the abusing children continue to play their alcohol and testosterone-fuelled games there. It really does take only a few to spoil it for the many many people who enjoy these areas.

If you're one of the mob who did this, and you're EO members or visitors - shame on you, and grow up.

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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:47

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:47
Nic,

Whilst I wholeheartedly agree with everything you've said, I'm afraid (or pleased I guess) to say that the chances of anybody who visits an internet site like this would have ANYTHING (even remotely close) to do with these sorts of illegal and immoral activities.

These are purely low-lifes.......... if they do actually have a computer, chances are the sites they visit would consist of YOUTUBE footage of trashing paddocks etc as well as copious quantities of porn etc...... (just guessing, but highly unlikely they'd be into a "nice" site like this one).

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Follow Up By: Nic I - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:13

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:13
Hi Roachie,

Yes, I certainly hope so too, in fact I suspect they would probably confuse a computer with a jacking plate, let alone know what to do with one.

I do fear though, that there may be some on another site we both frequent who would stoop this low. Again, I hope not, but perhaps a tad more likely there.

Cheers,

Nic

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Reply By: Member - Timbo - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:13

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:13
Most of us go to these places to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the drive to/from. However, it seems that there are some that go there just so they can do things that they wouldn't get away with in more populated areas.

We never go there on long weekends now since we made the mistake once: from sunrise to sunset the whole valley echoed continuously with the sounds of trail bikes - most of the bikes were unregistered and most of the riders, apart from not wearing helmets, looked far too young to hold a license. I'm not bagging out all trailbikers - in fact, on the way in we met a very respectable group of bikers who were also annoyed by the 'kids' tearing up and down the valley.

I love the place but usually don't really enjoy going there because there is usually at least one bunch of people who ruin the enjoyment of everyone else in the valley. I was camped deep in the valley there a few years ago with the LandRover Club of ACT and as we drove out in the morning, we passed a field destroyed by “circle-work” and it wasn't like that when we drove in the day before (I can quite confidently say it wasn't done by anyone in our group).

I was a bit surprised to see this sign in the South East Forests National Park (inland from Merimbula, NSW) but I guess we'll be seeing it more often...

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