Easter blitz to keep Chichester State Forest family friendly

Campers visiting the Chichester State Forest over the Easter weekend are being reminded to drive safely, camp in designated areas, keep glass out of the river and be respectful to other visitors and forest neighbours, to keep the popular forest family friendly.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Partnerships Leader Mike Hill said a four-day blitz would be held over the Easter weekend to remind forest visitors of the conditions of entry and stamp out antisocial behaviour, following a successful campaign over the Australia Day weekend earlier in the year.

Chichester State Forest has some spectacular free camping areas nestled alongside some beautiful swimming holes along the Allyn River, so it is understandably one of our most popular visitor destinations,” Mr Hill said.

“We typically welcome large numbers of campers over the Easter long weekend, so we’ll be setting up checkpoints at all the forest entries and reminding all of our visitors to be respectful and stick to the rules.

“It’s been a particularly wet March, so we’ll be asking drivers to take extra care, as the roads are narrow and may still be slippery, and to slow down and limit noise and dust when passing our neighbours on the way in to the forest.

“State forest roads are public roads and all the normal road rules apply, which means all drivers or riders must have a licence, all vehicles must be registered and everyone must stick to the signposted speed limit.

“Speeding, drink driving, riding in the trays of utes and riding unregistered vehicles such as quad bikes are unsafe, illegal and just not on.

“We’ll also be reminding people to respect other forest users by keeping noise to a minimum and respect the river by keeping litter, and in particular glass, away from the river.

“We held a similar blitz back in January and the vast majority of visitors were pleased to see our rangers out in the forest and were doing the right thing while enjoying the forest with the family. We hope to have a similar response over the Easter weekend.”

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