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News: Munda Biddi Theft incident (2015)

28-May-2015

It was disappointing to hear from one of our outdoor education members that gear had been stolen from a campsite they were using on the Munda Biddi trail. This obviously has a negative impact on the program, the teachers and students. Outdoors WA has contacted the Munda Biddi track foundation who have issued an alert and the Department of Parks and Wildlife who have provided guidance on what to do if it happens.

The group was camping at the Carinyah Hut, and had left gear in the hut whilst riding the Carinyah loop circuit. Upon returning it was discovered the someone had entered the site and stolen several bags and swags. The camp was unable continue as the theft of items included students food, clothes, sleeping mats and bags.

This appears to be an isolated incident, and the Munda Biddi Trail foundation indicated that it is the first incident of this nature reported in 10 years.

So please be vigilant around your camping spots.

What to do if it happens to you:

If you have a negative experience like this then you are encouraged to contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife's (DPaW) Recreation and Trails Unit (RTU) at recreationandtrails@dpaw.wa.gov.au or by phone on 9334 0265. 

RTU staff ensure that the appropriate staff within the relevant district are advised. Issues can also be reported to info@dpaw.wa.gov.au.

To assist in following up please provide as much detail as possible including date, time, location, details of the incident and a contact name, number and organisation. 

All incidents of theft should be also be reported to the Police.

DPaW recommends that people/groups do not leave gear un-attended when completing their outdoor programs and activities. If the department is, or becomes aware that a particular area is a bit of a hot spot, consideration will be given to installing of ‘Theft Risk’ signage, and advising the public via social media. 

Our best option for managing this is not to provide any opportunity for it to happen.






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