Trio fined over dam trespass

A GROUP of men who went fishing in the Wivenhoe Dam spillway have been fined.

Police were patrolling the Wivenhoe Dam wall about 8.20pm on November 20 when they noticed a car parked at the front of the locked entrance gates to the Cormorant Bay area.

Access to the spillway is prevented by a 1.8-metre-high chain mesh fence which is topped with four rows of barbed wire.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard officers investigated further and noticed a light, which appeared to be coming from a mobile phone, moving on the bottom wall of the spillway.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said the officers were unable to find a safe path to enter the spillway but shone a torch into the area to see three people.

Police yelled out to the group to return to their car but the trio instead moved to the north side of the spillway.

Officers later saw the car travelling on the Brisbane Valley Highway and stopped the group to find fishing gear in the vehicle.

Adam John Paul McCormack, 25, Andrew Lee Ratcliffe, 25, and Danielle Wedmaier, 20, pleaded guilty to trespassing and were each fined $150.



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