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Bairnsdale man charged over Italian Flat Campground damage

A Bairnsdale man has been charged for damage caused to the Italian Flat Campground, near Dargo, in October last year.

Thursday, 28 October 2021 at 11:45 pm
Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Vehicle damage at the Italian Flat campground in October 2020

The man allegedly damaged the campground with a four-wheel drive vehicle and created a nuisance to nearby campers.

The Conservation Regulator investigated the case after reports from the public.

The man was charged under the Land Conservation (vehicle control) Regulations 2013 and the Forest (Recreation) Regulations 2010 (Vic).

He is due to face the Sale Magistrates’ Court in November.

The maximum penalty for creating a nuisance in a recreational area in a state forest is $1,817, while damaging public land with a vehicle is $500.

If you witness illegal vehicle use or suspicious behaviour on public land, please report it by calling 136 186.


The Conservation Regulator is continually strengthening its intelligence base in this area, by increasing our surveillance and investigating reports of illegal vehicle use in our forests.

We’re encouraging people to drive safely and responsibly on formed roads and tracks, to protect the environment and show consideration to other campers – so that all community members and visitors can enjoy our forests and state parks.  

Glenn LinehamConservation Regulator Senior Investigator


Conservation Regulator Victoria