Urbenville man ordered to pay $4,700 for unauthorised tours in State forest

Kyogle Local Court has recorded a conviction and ordered an Urbenville man to pay $4,700 in penalties and costs for unauthorised use of a forestry area by operating commercial motorbike tours without a permit in Yabbra State Forest.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Strategic Projects and Programs Leader Justin Black said the unauthorised motorbike tours were discovered following complaints from the local community.

“The courts treated this as a serious offence, which demonstrates they recognise the safety and environmental risks posed by operating this sort of commercial tour without any authorisation,” Mr Black said.

“While motorbikes are welcome in State forests, they can only be used on formed roads, they must be registered and riders must be licenced. We also welcome commercial activities in forests but we have a permit system to ensure these activities are conducted safely, within the rules and in locations where they won’t adversely impact other forest users or the environment.

“We have businesses and community groups running everything from car rallies to high ropes courses in forests throughout NSW and we’re happy to work with local businesses to develop new ways for people to explore State forests, but permits are an important way to protect the community and environment and we can’t have businesses operating outside the regulations.

“This conviction sends a clear message that if you do the wrong thing in State forests, you will be caught and penalised.”

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