Shoalhaven City Council rangers and Nowra police to crack down on antisocial behaviour

HITTING THE TRACKS: Shoalhaven trail bike police will be out in force across the area cracking down on unregistered motorbikes in public areas, trespassing as well as conducting random breath and drug tests. Photo: John Veage

HITTING THE TRACKS: Shoalhaven trail bike police will be out in force across the area cracking down on unregistered motorbikes in public areas, trespassing as well as conducting random breath and drug tests. Photo: John Veage

Nowra police and Shoalhaven City Council rangers are teaming up to combat the growing antisocial and dangerous behaviour at the Yalwal camp area, west of Nowra.

There have been a number of complaints about behaviour at the campground on the banks of the Danjera Creek, including two on New Year’s eve which could have led to serious injury.

Following an incident late New Year’s eve and in the early hours of January 1, a 24-year-old Nowra man was issued with a $600 infringement notice for performing burnouts in his utility which he later crashed near the campsite.

Police said the man was allegedly driving the Holden Commodore ute with two passengers, in an easterly direction from the campsite when it skidded off the road, hit a ditch and rolled.

No one was injured in the accident with a number of campers helping to right the vehicle and tow it back to the campsite.

Council rangers received complaints about the incident and the manner in which the utility was being driven at the location, which were passed onto police.

Following investigations police charged the Nowra man with performing burnouts.

In another alleged incident late on December 31, a Nissan Patrol utility arrived at the campground with a number of people in the tray who proceeded to throw beer bottles and bungers (fire crackers) at numerous campsites.

Shoalhaven City Council Rangers will be making regular patrols of the campsite, while members of the Shoalhaven Police trail bike squad will also be conducting operations in the area undertaking random breath and drug tests as well as cracking down on the use of unregistered motorbikes in public areas and trespassing.

A police spokesperson said the Yalwal and Danjera camping area had suffered from hoons and yahoo's for a number of years.

“Antisocial behaviour by intoxicated drivers will not be tolerated in the area,” he said.

“We had our trail bike squad officers at the location both last Saturday and Sunday and will continue to conduct regular operations in the area.”

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