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Ranger to do regular rounds at Aysons Reserve

Recent complaints about campers at Aysons Reserve has led to a ranger employed to regularly visit the site.

ELAINE COONEY January 18, 2013 4:23am

A ranger will make regular visits to monitor Rochester’s Aysons Reserve following reports of illegal fires and dumping at the camping grounds.

Campaspe Shire councillor Leigh Wilson said the ranger would visit the camping grounds multiple times a week to ensure the site was compliant with environmental regulations.

‘‘Council will adopt a zero tolerance policy to campfires breaching the regulations,’’ he said.

‘‘If people want to use this facility they have to respect the reserve and abide by the rules.’’

Elmore’s Senior Constable Dave Rowland and Elmore Fire Brigade captain Bob Simpson both expressed annoyance at illegal campfires at the reserve.

‘‘I’m not happy with the campfires at Aysons,’’ Sen. Constable Rowland said.

‘‘It’s not going to take much for the long grass (around the reserve) to catch fire.

‘‘If it is a northerly or southerly (wind) we are going to lose caravans.

‘‘Even though they cut the grass (at the reserve), it is all too dry there.’’

He said campfires should only be used for preparation of meals while camping and never on a total fire ban day.

Mr Simpson said he had seen some good behaviour by campers in relation to fire restrictions but careless campers were on his radar.

‘‘If they want a campfire they need to dig a fire pit, have a ready supply of water to extinguish it and make sure there is a responsible adult present,’’ he said.

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