12 Rules Of Camping This Christmas - ERA Press Release

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12 Rules Of Camping This Christmas - ERA Press Release

Postby Derek Bullock » Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:22 pm

Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation
The Honourable Andrew McNamara


12/12/2007

Campers Encouraged to Heed 12 Rules of Christmas


Campers and visitors to Queensland's many protected areas have been urged to heed some simple messages to help ensure they and people around them have a safe and happy Christmas holiday.

Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation, Andrew McNamara, said that following the "12 Rules of Camping" will assist campers enjoy their holiday, and keep Queensland national parks and forests beautiful for future generations to enjoy.

"From the western desert areas to the eastern seaboard, the New South Wales border to the tip of Cape York, Queensland is fortunate to have an array of spectacular national parks and protected areas as popular holiday and recreation destinations," Mr McNamara said.

"They can provide something for just about everyone with a range of affordable and enjoyable recreation opportunities, including camping, bushwalking, picnicking and commercial tourism activities.

"But as with any holiday destination, doing a little homework to plan your visit and fnd out what you can and cannot do will help ensure the experience is a memorable one.

"By following these few simple messages, we hope everyone visiting protected areas throughout Queensland will return home safe, happy and relaxed:

1. Book your campsite - online at epa.qld.gov.au/camping or by phoning 13 13 04 as onsite, self registration is not available at most camping spots;
2. Book early to ensure a spot and avoid disappointment;
3. Check if there are fire restrictions, and if so, don't light a fire;
4. If you're taking children camping, make sure you know where they are at all times, particularly when they're swimming;
5. Secure your food to prevent wildlife being attracted to it, and don't feed any wildlife if they come near;
6. If you're going for a bush walk make sure you tell people where you're going and stick to the tracks;
7. If you get lost sit tight until someone comes;
8. Go slow on the water if in designated turtle and dugong areas. It's a $300 on-the-spot fine if you're caught speeding;
9. If you're taking a 4WD, stick to speed limits out of respect for fellow campers and wildlife;
10. Check condition reports on the EPA website (http://www.epa.qld.gov.au), including fire and 4WDing restrictions;
11. Take your litter with you when you go; and
12. Just because you're in the wild doesn't mean you can go wild yourself - antisocial laws still apply so respect the environment and the rights of others."

Mr McNamara said more information about camping and visiting Queensland's protected areas was available on http://www.epa.qld.gov.au.

Media contact: Emma Parnell 3336 8002
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Postby Blue Bravo » Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:30 pm

Semms a reasonable list, though I suppose some people object to any regulation at all :)
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Postby Troyk » Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:55 pm

Maybe they could have set it t music like "On the 12th day of Christmas the Minister told me, not to run starkers amongst the gum trees, take 11 rubbish bags, ......." :grin:
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Postby Derek Bullock » Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:12 pm

On the first day of Christmas the Minister said to me - book your camp site my true love


On the second day of Christmas the Minister said to me - make sure your early


On the third day of Christmas the Minister said to me - look out for fire restrictions


On the fourth day of Christmas the Minister said to me - look after your kids


On the fifth day of Christmas the Minister said to me - secure your food


On the sixth day of Christmas the Minister said to me - tell people where your going


On the seventh day of Christmas the Minister said to me - sit tight if lost


On the eighth day of Christmas the Minister said to me - go slow on the water


On the ninth day of Christmas the Minister said to me - stick to speed limits


On the tenth day of Christmas the Minister said to me - check conditions before you go


On the eleventh day of Christmas the Minister said to me - take your litter home


On the twelfth day of Christmas the Minister said to me - don't go wild and be anti social
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Postby Troyk » Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:22 pm

Hmmm.... We could have really helped the EPA out with their campaign. 8)
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Postby Derek Bullock » Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:23 pm

On the thirteenth day of Christmas the Minister said to me - no more fishing on Moreton Bay
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Re: 12 Rules Of Camping This Christmas - ERA Press Release

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:29 pm

Derek wrote:Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation
The Honourable Andrew McNamara


12/12/2007

Campers Encouraged to Heed 12 Rules of Christmas


Campers and visitors to Queensland's many protected areas have been urged to heed some simple messages to help ensure they and people around them have a safe and happy Christmas holiday.

Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation, Andrew McNamara, said that following the "12 Rules of Camping" will assist campers enjoy their holiday, and keep Queensland national parks and forests beautiful for future generations to enjoy.

"From the western desert areas to the eastern seaboard, the New South Wales border to the tip of Cape York, Queensland is fortunate to have an array of spectacular national parks and protected areas as popular holiday and recreation destinations," Mr McNamara said.

"They can provide something for just about everyone with a range of affordable and enjoyable recreation opportunities, including camping, bushwalking, picnicking and commercial tourism activities.

"But as with any holiday destination, doing a little homework to plan your visit and fnd out what you can and cannot do will help ensure the experience is a memorable one.

"By following these few simple messages, we hope everyone visiting protected areas throughout Queensland will return home safe, happy and relaxed:

1. Book your campsite - online at epa.qld.gov.au/camping or by phoning 13 13 04 as onsite, self registration is not available at most camping spots;
2. Book early to ensure a spot and avoid disappointment;
3. Check if there are fire restrictions, and if so, don't light a fire;
4. If you're taking children camping, make sure you know where they are at all times, particularly when they're swimming;
5. Secure your food to prevent wildlife being attracted to it, and don't feed any wildlife if they come near;
6. If you're going for a bush walk make sure you tell people where you're going and stick to the tracks;
7. If you get lost sit tight until someone comes;
8. Go slow on the water if in designated turtle and dugong areas. It's a $300 on-the-spot fine if you're caught speeding;
9. If you're taking a 4WD, stick to speed limits out of respect for fellow campers and wildlife;
10. Check condition reports on the EPA website (http://www.epa.qld.gov.au), including fire and 4WDing restrictions;
11. Take your litter with you when you go; and
12. Just because you're in the wild doesn't mean you can go wild yourself - antisocial laws still apply so respect the environment and the rights of others."

Mr McNamara said more information about camping and visiting Queensland's protected areas was available on http://www.epa.qld.gov.au.

Media contact: Emma Parnell 3336 8002


And I wonder how long it is since the The Honourable Andrew McNamara went camping....
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Postby kazzakanary » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:12 pm

Gr8 sign Derek!!
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Postby kazzakanary » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:13 pm

I meant gr8 SONG!!
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Postby Mullie Grub Clan » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:26 am

I second that.... great song
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Postby will_deness » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:02 pm

12 basic common sense rules. What I find scary is that a politician came up with them.And he hasn't benn on a 6 week fact finding tour to Sweden to compile this list. UNBEIVEABLE! :shock:
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