Crackdown on camping and parties at beaches

Police attend an unauthorised party at a Cockburn beach recently.
Police attend an unauthorised party at a Cockburn beach recently.

Cockburn Council will provide support, with its security service CoSafe to be a regular sight at areas where camping has been an issue.

Cockburn police station officer-in- charge James Bradley said the issue had been raised by the public and would be addressed. “We’ll be working in collaboration with the council to target illegal camping and anti-social behaviour from this weekend,” he said.

“It’s been an ongoing issue for people in the community.”

Cockburn’s governance and community services director Don Green said the city was aware of an unauthorised event held at CY O’Connor Reserve on January 9.

“Co-Safe attended the event and WA police were informed,” he said.

Another party at John Graham Reserve, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, was also held.

Reports from the public suggest it was attended by as many as 200 people, with music playing well into the next morning.

Mr Green said the city wanted to stop parties being held at the popular recreation spot but was mindful of restricting access for the general public.

A Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman said another issue at John Graham Reserve was rubbish.

“It is a popular area for social gatherings, not a rubbish dump,” she said.