Off-road vehicles on beaches targeted

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Local and State authorities are joining forces to clamp down on illegal off-road vehicle use across Albany this Easter long weekend.

City of Albany, WA Police, Water Corporation and Department of Transport will work together during the period to ensure all vehicles are compliant with State and local laws.

The operation will target popular beaches and reserves across the City — with non-registered vehicles and motorbikes in the sights of authorities.

City of Albany Ranger Team Leader Colin Hyde said the operation would allow local beaches and reserves to be enjoyed by all.

“Beaches and reserves are shared spaces, used by many members of the community,” he said.

“The mix of unlicensed off-road vehicles and other activities in an uncontrolled manner can create a risk to all users of the area, as well as negatively impact native flora and fauna.”

Road-registered vehicles are permitted where signs indicate, however off-road vehicles are not allowed on any Albany beaches or reserves.

Water Corporation regional manager Adrian Stewart said local rangers would patrol drinking water catchments in the region. “Recreational activities such as four-wheel-driving, swimming, and fishing in water catchment areas can adversely impact the quality of drinking water supplies,” he said.

“We are asking the community to abide by signage in these areas and protect our precious drinking water supplies.”

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