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Weekend rave party wrecks National Park

AN investigation is under way into an unauthorised rave party that saw sections of the Bongil Bongil National Park trashed at the weekend.

The party site, attended by more than 100 young people, was erected in a forest clearing in the national park, only a few hundred metres from the nearest private residence in north Repton.

The rave is believed to have involved loud amplified music that continued into the early hours of Sunday morning, when police were forced to shut down the event and disperse the drunken crowd.

“The site within the national park was left in an appalling mess with hundreds of bottles, cans and other rubbish strewn about,” National Parks Ranger Martin Smith said.

“The organisers, who charged an attendance fee, had no authority whatsoever to hold this event.”

The loud, amplified music has disturbed many park neighbours late into the night.

“And also of concern was the lighting of three fires at the site, the burning of a park sign, the crushing of native vegetation and what appears to be the deliberate smashing of scores of glass bottles in the conservation reserve.”

Mr Smith said NPWS would be pursuing a number of strong leads.

Anyone with information that may assist this investigation is asked to call the Coffs Harbour NPWS on 6652 0900.



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