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The Department of Conservation is disappointed to see the increase of irresponsible off road vehicle use at the Whakaipō Bay Recreation Reserve in Taupō.

Date:  31 July 2014

Grass areas destroyed by off road vehicle antics.
Grass areas destroyed by off road vehicle antics

The Department of Conservation is disappointed to see the increase of irresponsible off road vehicle use at the Whakaipō Bay Recreation Reserve.

Dave Lumley, Services Manager for the Department of Conservation, says large areas of grass have been destroyed due to off road antics on the flats, and deep 4WD tyre ruts formed on steep terrain.

This destroys the opportunities for grazing by the lease holder and undermines the beautification efforts in the reserve.

Such activities through loss of control could also be harmful to other recreation users or animals.

4WD ruts in Whakaipo Recreation Reserve.
4WD ruts destroying the aesthetics of the Whakaipo Recreation Reserve

"It is disappointing as one of the damaged areas is where the public will congregate before the annual native tree planting this year.

"We have also had to resort in the past to using tax payers money to hire security to stop such activities, where this money will be much better used on investment in the reserve".

Off road vehicle use is prohibited in reserves and if people are caught in the act of irresponsible vehicle use, a trespass will be issued, and a prosecution and fine for damage may result. One offender caught recently has been trespassed.

Please keep such activity to private land, or try a controlled environment such as the Taupo Motorsport Park or contact your local 4WD or motor cross club.

Contact

Murray Cleaver
Senior Ranger Recreation/Historic
Department of Conservation
Turangi Office
Phone: +64 7 387 7245
Mobile: + 64 274 746 331
Email: mcleaver@doc.govt.nz

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