NEW on-the-spot fines will come into effect at The Spit tomorrow in a bid to rid the family-friendly space of rubbish and illegal campers.
The new fining powers will allow officers from the Gold Coast Water Authority to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $120 in Doug Jennings Park for a range of offences including illegal parking, littering and lighting fires.
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said illegal campers could now face fines of up to $1200, if a matter was escalated to court.
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“This is waterfront parkland that should be there for everyone to enjoy without being overrun by illegal campers and rubbish,” Dr Lynham said.
“This is real progress in our plan to clean-up and rejuvenate this very special part of the Gold Coast.
“If a case goes to court, illegal campers now face fines of up to $1200.” Dr Lynham said.
The fines are the culmination of behind-the-scenes work underway since last year by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the authority.
Minister for Main Roads and Ports Mark Bailey said GCWA had undertaken $1.2 million worth of landscaping and rehabilitation work of areas that have previously been illegally used by four-wheel drive vehicles.
“GCWA, as the trustee of the park, has had concerns about inappropriate uses of the park including high-volume of short-term campers on weekends and school holidays and longer-term camping at other times,” Mr Bailey said.
“The authority last year adopted a model by-law containing numerous offences including illegal camping, littering, unauthorised motor vehicle use and having dogs off leads.
“There are now warning signs on the gates and at key locations in the park.
“GCWA employees will be able to issue on-the-spot fines from Monday to help protect this area. The fine will range from around $60 for illegal fires to more than $120 for illegal camping.”