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Cops boot people out of closed reserves

POLICE and ACT parks officers directed 100 people to move on after they were breaking public health directions by being at closed reserves along Cotter Road and Paddy’s River Road on Saturday (September 11).

About 40 vehicles were located in the reserves before people were told to move on.

In most cases, police say people had ignored clear signage indicating the closure.

Following Saturday, police are reminding people that many parks and reserves remain closed to the public including, Namadgi National Park (including the visitors centre), Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (including the visitors centre), Lower Cotter Catchment, Cotter precinct (including Cotter Campground and Blue Range), Kambah Pool, Uriarra Crossing, Woods Reserve Campground, Northern Borders Campground and Googong Foreshores.

Superintendent Naomi Binstead urged people not become complacent as rules change.

“We know lockdown is hard and we are urging people not to become complacent or adopt an ‘it will be right’ attitude,” she said.

“We need to keep up all the good work everyone has put in so far so we can continue to keep positive cases in our community low.

“It’s still not okay to have visitors to your home. It’s not ok to visit closed reserves. Trips should still only be taken for essential purposes. You must check-in and remember, with a few exceptions, masks must be worn whenever you leave home.

“We will be continuing our compliance activities and will not hesitate to issue infringements or arrest people who are in breach of health directions. Everyone has had more than enough time to be aware of the rules and to be able to stick to them.”

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One Response to Cops boot people out of closed reserves

colin walters says: September 14, 2021 at 3:25 pm

This is totally ridiculous. By banning people from the out of town parks and reserves, the Government simply concentrates people in the inner city green spaces, a counter productive outcome.

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