Hoons tear up Paddy’s River Dam

The normally picturesque Paddy’s River Dam camping area has been turned into a muddy mess.

A popular and picturesque camping ground has been temporarily closed after recent acts of vandalism.

Paddy’s River Dam, between Talbingo and Tumbarumba in the Bago State Forest, has been closed to the public by state forests to allow remediation after recent vandalism attacks.

Police are investigating the issue.

Forestry Corporation of NSW Partnerships Leader, Brendan Grimson, said that remediation of the popular site will take some time due to the sensitive alpine location.

“There is severe damage to the dam and roads nearby, which is concerning due to the sensitivity of the environment,” Mr Grimson said.

“We expect that it will take some time to repair the damage and thank visitors in advance for their patience.”

He said visitors affected by closure can visit one of the other many free camping areas in State forests, such as the western Blowering Dam foreshore or Mannus Lake Camping area.

Forestry Corporation manages around two million hectares of native forests for recreation, sustainable timber production and biodiversity. Over three million visitors visit state forests each year.

To find out what State forests are open for camping or recreation, please visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au or the Visit NSW Forests Facebook page.