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DELWP photo: reckless damage and littering on the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail.

Rail Trail trees felled

Rail Trail trees felled

DELWP photo: reckless damage and littering on the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail.

Reckless damage and littering on the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail

A number of trees have been illegally cut down and a large amount of litter deposited in the Fells Creek area of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail.

An investigation has been launched by the Office of the Conservation Regulator and the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Committee of Management.

They say 11 trees were illegally felled to create a camping area and there has been widespread littering offences. Concealed cameras have also detected several vehicles driving along the rail trail. DELWP says this activity is not permitted and creates a safety risk for trail users.

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Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Chair, Hellen Hopper, said “We suspect that the trees have been illegally cut down to create a camping area and a large amount of litter was also deposited in the area.”

“It is also very irresponsible for people to drive vehicles along the rail trail. Not only is it illegal, this type of activity also poses a huge safety risk to walkers and bike riders who use the trail.”

DELWP Gippsland Acting Regional Manager Compliance Operations, Peter Simpson, said “This type of behaviour is very disappointing.”

“Both OCR and the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Committee of Management are keen to hear from anyone who might know who is responsible for these dangerous and illegal activities.”

“Disappointing actions like these have a significant impact on the local environment and pose a major safety risk to members of the public.”

Anyone with information that would help the investigation, is being asked to contact DELWP on 136 186 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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