Munda station in danger after influx of trespassers

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Trespassers will be prosecuted and run the risk of having their firearm license revoked by police.
Camera IconTrespassers will be prosecuted and run the risk of having their firearm license revoked by police. Credit: Bob Garnant.

Munda station, located 100km south-west of Port Hedland, has been closed due to on-going trespass.

South Hedland Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Ramsden said the station’s manager, Michael Thompson, had reported an increase in the number of people trespassing on the station.

Act. Sen. Sgt. Ramsden said people had been shooting wildlife, leaving gates open, and cutting fences.

“We will support Munda station for two reasons, one being for people who trespass and the other for people who bring firearms onto Munda station,” he said.

“They will be prosecuted and run the risk of having their firearm license revoked by police if they are charged with a firearms offence.

“35 cattle got out on the weekend near the Yule River bridge and everyone whose travelled that road knows how restricted access is to that bridge.”

Act. Sen. Sgt. Ramsden said cattle around the Yule River was specifically dangerous because station owners were responsible for each person who entered the property.

“If people start firing those firearms the bullet goes further than what you think.

“That’s the main reason why they are banning firearms.”

Boodarie fishing grounds still remain open, however, people must enter via the registered track.

Act. Sen. Sgt. Ramsden said signage in the area was very obvious.

“If people abuse the hospitality of the station they will close Boodarie fishing grounds as well and that will affect everyone in the community so everyone needs to do the right thing.”

CCTV and other methods are being used in attempts to stop unauthorised access onto the Munda Station.

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