Camping prohibited at northern stock route reserves

No camping at stock route reserves including Reedybrook

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Valley of Lagoons.

Valley of Lagoons.

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Travellers are reminded that camping is not permitted at the Reedybrook Stock Route Reserve, at the Valley of Lagoons.

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TRAVELLERS are reminded that camping is not permitted at the Reedybrook Stock Route Reserve, at the Valley of Lagoons.

Signs were installed earlier this year at the popular spot, about 250 km north of Charters Towers, to inform the community of the permitted land use requirements.

The Reedybrook reserve is part of the Queensland stock route network which is used for moving stock, pasture for emergency agistment and sustainable long-term grazing.

Charters Towers Mayor Frank Beveridge said stock routes need to be managed carefully.

"I realise that some in the community will be shocked to learn that camping and motorised recreation isn't allowed at Reedybrook, however, it is a stock route which means those activities are prohibited," Cr Beveridge said.

"The use of stock route reserves are heavily regulated as they form a critical part of the travelling stock network.

"They are valued by our community as they contribute to the pastoral industry and economy.

"The stock route network is also valued for comprising native flora and fauna, remnant vegetation and Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural heritage.

"Stock route activities need to be managed carefully to protect and enhance the land's natural resources.

"This means, no recreational camping, no fires, no dumping, no firearms and no motorised recreation.

"You can still access reserves as public land to undertake short term low impact activities, such as fishing."

Signage has also been placed at other stock routes in the region to inform the community about the restrictions relative to those sites also.

Penalties will apply for those who ignore restrictions.

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