Over the last two years the Logue Brook dam has been a site of contention between campers and those attempting to strike a balance between recreational use and conservation. The issue has again resurfaced with Mandurah woman Kirsten Winika launching a second petition against the ban on waterside camping on October 4. The state government recently invested $3.5 million to improve camping, boating launching and picnic facilities, which include 126 camp sites with toilets, BBQ shelters, walk trails and a new waste water dump point. The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) has also cracked down on campers setting up outside the designated area. Some members of the community are not content with the upgrade, saying they want to protect “real” camping at Logue Brook Dam. Two years ago Bunbury resident Cody Bashford began a petition titled “Don’t ban real camping at the Logue Brook Dam”, referring to the potential closure of the northern side of the dam. “I literally grew up on the banks of Logue Brook dam as I lived in Cookernup as a child,” he said. He also established a Facebook group which currently has over 3,000 followers. Today, camping is still permitted on the northern bank of Logue Brook dam, although the area permitted for camping was reduced on September 23 this year. Ms Winika’s petition focuses on the ban on waterside camping. “For many years families have enjoyed and created special memories camping alongside this magical dam,” Ms Winika’s petition read. “Families are encouraged to get out to enjoy the outdoors and get children involved in outdoor activities for the healthier lifestyle that is needed… this decision will have a negative impact on families and also surrounding communities.” Despite the 997 supporters the petition has garnered, the kind of camping Mr Bashford and Ms Winika’s campaign endorses has in fact been illegal since 2002. “Under Western Australia’s Conservation and Land Management Regulations 2002 people must camp in designated campsites when on land managed by the department,” a DPaW spokesperson said. “It is an offence to camp outside a designated area without approval from the department’s district or regional manager. “Remote camping is permitted in some reserves and State forest, but not within two kilometres of designated campsites.” The spokesperson said the Logue Brook developments were meant to rationalise camping around the dam, providing facilities that can allow families to enjoy the environment while minimising impact. “The camping area on the dam edge has been reduced because of ongoing issues with campers leaving behind rubbish, toilet waste, campfires, broken glass and carpet after camping and driving off-road,” they said. Though the admins of the Logue Brook dam Facebook page promote cleaning up after yourself and respect for the environment, the decision to reduce the camping area at Logue Brook was made following a trial to address these issues two years ago, which was unsuccessful.