Keen campers looking to get on the water this weekend have been dealt a blow with the state water authority closing a popular section of the Murrumbidgee River.
WaterNSW has closed public access to Berembed weir recreational area due to concerns about illegal and anti-social behaviour taking place.
Reports of unauthorised firearm use and animal remains being found at the picnic area have prompted the closure of the area.
The area will remain closed to the public while WaterNSW addressed the issue, according to WaterNSW executive manager of system operation and asset management, Adrian Langdon.
“We have been receiving disturbing information from the community about ongoing anti-social behaviour at the area adjacent to the weir, including reports of firearms discharging and dead animals being left in the area,” Mr Langdon said.
“As custodians of the area WaterNSW has a responsibility to discourage this potentially illegal activity, and address the risk this might pose to the public.
“As such, the site will be off limits until further notice while a management plan is developed to deter irresponsible behaviour of this nature, and ensure the grounds are a community asset that is a pleasant place to visit.”