Call to limit car access at Dennington park

A BOGGED driver left his mark on Dennington’s Payne Reserve this week in the park’s second incident within weeks.

This car became bogged at Payne Reserve in Dennington after its driver told police he had been fishing in the Merri River. Earlier last month another car also tore up turf at the reserve. Picture: AARON SAWALL

This car became bogged at Payne Reserve in Dennington after its driver told police he had been fishing in the Merri River. Earlier last month another car also tore up turf at the reserve. Picture: AARON SAWALL

Police attended at 6.50pm on Tuesday night but the South Australian registered vehicle remained bogged on the reserve until about 10pm on Wednesday, a neighbour said.

The owner of the Ford hatchback told police he was at the reserve while fishing in the Merri River.

Dennington Community Association president David Kelson said cars damaged the Payne Reserve lawn several times a year, but now with improved amenities it was important to maintain the park’s image.

“It’s for general public use so you don’t want cars roaring around up there at any rate,” Mr Kelson said.

“It has occurred for some time but since they put in a new barbecue area and basketball court you want to restrict it.

“This time of the year with the wet weather there’s always a high risk of getting stuck.

“The main thing is to restrict vehicle access down there.

“It could be done with a barricade or bollards.”

Sergeant Chris Brown from Warrnambool highway patrol said there had been no charges but inquiries were still under way.

“We’re advising motorists not to leave designated roadways in these sort of weather conditions, especially in park reserves,” he told The Standard.

“If they do leave designated roadways, if offences are disclosed they’ll be pursued.”

Earlier in July it is believed a hoon driver left tyre marks in the reserve’s turf about 20 to 30 centimetres deep.

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