Shoalhaven 4WD club stands by closure of Yalwal campground

Shoalhaven 4WD Club Christmas Party at Stewarts Crossing, a short distance from Nerriga in 2015.
Shoalhaven 4WD Club Christmas Party at Stewarts Crossing, a short distance from Nerriga in 2015.

A local 4WD club had long avoided the camping area at Danjera Dam, set to be closed in early December.

Knowing the campground attracted people who had little respect for the environment, or other campers, Shoalhaven 4WD Club members travelled elsewhere for their adventures.

“We don’t use it, simply because of what does happen there,” president John Smilders said.

“It’s too rowdy, the place is always left in a total mess.

“We tend to camp elsewhere.”

Mr Smilders said it was a shame that Shoalhaven City Council had to resort to drastic measures, but he respects the decision.

“We can understand, it was getting way, way out of hand,” he said.

Those who use the tracks at Danjera Dam may not respect council’s judgment.

In the past, the gate on the Yarramunmun fire trail, open exclusively for fire and rescue personnel, has been tampered with by 4WDers.

“Every month, the gates would be broken, ramps were built on them, the locks were cut up,” Mr Smilders said.

“Some people think it’s their God given right to have access to every track.”

While the Shoalhaven group picks tracks for their natural beauty, the 4WD tracks out at Yalwal appeal more to daredevils.

“There are a few main tracks everybody comes down to use, they’re getting extreme,” Mr Smilders said.

“We don’t like the extreme four wheel driving.”