Dubbo City Council has erected signage and cement barriers at Devils Hole Reserve to prevent vehicles driving off-road and damaging the riverfront site.< br/> Council's Manager Landcare Service Lynton Auld said gravel roads provided vehicular access to the Reserve, but muddied tracks and significant holes had been created by irresponsible off-road driving.
"It would appear that a small number of four-wheel drivers are deliberately driving off the recently gravelled road, recklessly and carelessly creating craters in the informal tracks which fishermen have used for years to access the River," Mr Auld said.
"Most users of the Reserve act responsibly and respect the environment, and it would be a shame if the reckless driving behaviours of others resulted in access to the Reserve being restricted."
In much the same way Regand Park Reserve is managed, Mr Auld said a gate at the top of the Reserve that could be locked overnight and during periods of wet weather would be considered for Devils Hole if the damaging behaviour continued.
Mr Auld encouraged anyone who witnessed drivers damaging the Reserve by driving off road, or recklessly and irresponsibly in any way, to note their registration number and inform both Council and the Police.
"The actions of a small minority are destroying the amenity of the site and will ultimately deprive the community of its current easy access to the river at this Reserve unless they are stopped," he said.
Informal tracks at Devils Hole Reserve.
Council's Manager Landcare Services Lynton Auld, phone 6801 4000.