THE Lake Gilles Conservation Park near Kimba is a sparse and semi-arid landscape and his home to a wide variety of wildlife and has peaceful surrounds, which makes it a popular place for tourists and locals to visit.
Unfortunately over recent months there has been a spate of incidents of visitors misusing this area and leaving a trail of destruction.
John Grund is a Kimba resident and president of Kimba Friends of Parks and has seen the damage disrespectful visitors have done, now on three occasions.
“It seems to be quite a large group and they have traveled around 11 kilometres away from any major road,” Mr Grund said.
“The damage that I am referring to was first discovered on a regular fox baiting run in September 2012.
It first became noticeable by vehicle tracks leaving the main track and doing ‘ringys’ where they had spun their wheels and dug up the dirt in so doing,” Mr Grund said.
This wasn’t Mr Grund's first encounter with the damage as he explained he had passed two or three of similar sites before he came across traffic cones directing people into a campsite.
“No care had been taken with their vehicles and deep ruts were left all around the area.
The camp fire had been large and left with burnt out remains of camp chairs, pressure packs and cans.
The whole site was littered with discarded bottles and cans.
I was so disgusted with what I found that I left it there; in March 2013 on the next fox baiting run the rubbish was still there and with Sue my wife, we picked it up,” Mr Grund explained.
Mr Gund went on to explain that the vandalism occurred again, this time over Easter of this year.
He explained that the same site had been used and was reported to Austen Eatts.
“I did not see it this time but the site was left untidy again with bottles, cans, paper, tyres and other rubbish, Austen and Thelma Eatts cleaned it up then,” he said.
And the damage has continued with the site again being found in disarray last month.
“This time the site was left with burnt chair frames and unburnt green timber.
A nearby Myall tree had either been accidentally or deliberately burnt, killing it and some limbs had been sawn off.
There was also a large hole around 600 millimetres wide and 1.5 metres deep that had been dug and left open; in the bottom of this hole was a 18 gallon beer keg.”
The rubbish is still there and I suppose when we cool down we will go back and clean it up.”
Mr Grund explained that usually people use the conservation park respectfully and that this was the first time they had seen repeated willful damage done at one site.
“It (the damage) has been happening in one of our local conservation parks that we are very proud of.
We encourage people to go and have a look but to have minimal impact.
“If this damage continues we may see everyone’s access restricted to these areas which would be disappointing,” Mr Grund finished.