Casuarina Coastal Reserve Management Plan
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Casuarina Coastal Reserve Management Plan April 2016 Page 19 2.7 Visitor Safety Outcome Public risk effectively managed resulting in very low incidence of injury to visitors. Visitor safety is paramount in the management of the Reserve, however visitor accidents do occur and when they do it is important that the situation is handled quickly and effectively. The Parks and Wildlife Commission has an overarching Visitor Incident system that provides a basis on which to respond to emergencies. The Parks and Wildlife Commission also undertakes annual risk management assessments and specific risk mitigation activities are captured within operational action plans. All incidents are reported and the Commission has a range of Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and hazard reduction guidelines to which the Commission adheres. The effective implementation of this system requires sufficient resources and trained, competent staff. There are some areas in the Reserve where lighting could be improved to better ensure visitor safety. These areas are identified in the Experience Development Plan. Saltwater Crocodiles, Stingers and Unsafe Beach Conditions Swimming at Casuarina Beach, Rapid Creek, Sandy Creek and Buffalo Creek is not recommended at any time of the year due to the likely presence of saltwater crocodiles and stingers. Saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) occur and visitors are warned of their presence through pre-visit information and on-site signage. The Parks and Wildlife Commission maintains a Crocodile Management Plan for the Darwin Harbour which includes the Reserve. This Plan is reviewed as required. Stingers (box jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri) occur in the waters of the Reserve and are generally present between October and May however, they can occur all year. Visitors are warned of their presence through signage and safety information. The sea along Casuarina Beach can become very rough during the Wet season. Storms, cyclones and monsoonal weather can make the beach unsafe. Illegal camping and Itinerants Camping is not permitted in the Reserve. Itinerants regularly camp in the Reserve sometimes taking over picnic shelters in Dripstone Park and Lee Point but they also camp in the bush away from public areas or on the beach. Backpackers also regularly camp in the Reserve. In most cases, illegal campers are quickly removed from the Reserve. Sometimes the size of the groups and their aggressive behaviour makes it difficult and dangerous for Rangers to remove people. In these cases, the Police may be called in to assist in removing illegal campers. Regular patrols are conducted by Park staff and the Police. Anti-social behaviour Anti-social behavior, due to public drunkenness is often associated with illegal camping and itinerants. Rubbish, aggressive behaviour, fighting, defecating and urinating in public and disturbance and harassment of other users are some of the problems associated with public drunkenness in the Reserve. From 1993 to 2003, the Reserve was covered by an exemption under the Summary Offences Act which allowed for alcohol to be consumed within a 2 km radius of a licenced premise. In 2003, in response to a Safety information is provided in the Reserve
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