Ripped up: Vandals have caused more damage to the Woolgoolga Creek picnic area.
Ripped up: Vandals have caused more damage to the Woolgoolga Creek picnic area. NPWS

Vandals strike Coffs picnic area

LOUTS have once again taken the shine off a beautiful picnic area on the Coffs Coast.

National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager Glenn Storrie said this was the third time in recent months that vandals had knocked out bollards to gain access to the grassed picnic area at Woolgoolga Creek within Sherwood Nature Reserve.

The damage is believed to have happened during the Christmas weekend.

“The service has spent thousands of dollars over the past six years upgrading the whole creek valley to make it a special place for visitors to enjoy, removing weeds, upgrading the walking track and providing picnic and barbecue facilities,” Mr Storrie said.

“NPWS volunteers have spent hundreds of hours painstakingly removing lantana and other weeds to improve the environmental and visual values of the park.

“It is very depressing to find that some senseless individuals with no respect for public property choose to continually damage and destroy this special place.”

Similar damage happened in October and a Coffs Harbour man has been questioned by police, who are continuing their investigations.

Police and national park ranger patrols will be increased in the area during the holiday season and anyone found breaking the law will be dealt with harshly.

If you have any information about this vandalism, contact police or the Coffs Coast office of the NPWS on 6652 0900.



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