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Bush parties anger district residents

Parks Victoria is hoping someone may have information about recent parties in bush areas in Echuca.

GRAHAM WILLIS June 18, 2014 3:56am

Some of the rubbish left behind. Photo submitted.

A number of recent bushland rave parties have prompted a stern warning from Parks Victoria.

Party organisers can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act if the site is damaged or left in a state that requires cleaning up.

Murray-Riverine district ranger-in-charge Brooke Ryan said the instance of rave parties in bushland is an ongoing issue.

‘‘DEPI has a prosecution section and we can pass information to them who will assess any damage to the site and take appropriate action.’’

The same applies to campers who trash sites and leave them.

Recent incidents reported to the Riverine Herald have included large-scale parties with around 200 guests.

One of the complainants, who does not wish to be named, said hordes of revellers arrived in cars or taxis and set up huge speakers that reverberated music from early evening through to the next morning, and left before sunrise.

Cans, stubbies and mixed drink containers were left at the site.

In one instance, more than a hundred young girls at the site prompted residents nearby to wonder if their parents knew where they were.

Residents fear this is part of a growing culture.

‘‘I hope this is not going to become a regular event because it is causing plenty of angst amongst residents nearby,’’ one of the residents said.

A rave party at the same site several weeks ago was so loud, guests at a motel across the river were less than impressed.

‘‘The noise was so great until around 6am and some guests were disgusted,’’ one tourism operator said.

‘‘We actually made a refund as a result.’’

‘‘We need to know when these events are going to happen and we can take action,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘We work closely with Victoria Police and we can shut these events down if we have advance notice.

‘‘One such event, at Torrumbarry on New Year’s Eve, was closed down and the organisers forced to clean up as we had prior knowledge of it.’’

‘‘I encourage residents who have knowledge of a party being organised in the forests to ring us on 131963.’’

The number includes an after hours service.


Echuca police work closely with Parks Victoria.

‘‘We act under the auspices of Parks Victoria and, whilst we investigate any matters, they issue the penalties under the Act,’’ a police spokesperson said.


Echuca police stressed the need to contact Parks Victoria if you knew of a party being set up.

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