Think first before risking life for selfie, police urge

Dangerous: At Katoomba Falls on December 29, just metres from a 100m drop. Photo: Blue Mountains LAC Facebook
Dangerous: At Katoomba Falls on December 29, just metres from a 100m drop. Photo: Blue Mountains LAC Facebook

Police have urged people to use common sense when searching for the perfect selfie in the Blue Mountains.

People are regularly disobeying safety signs and jumping fences in the national park, bringing them perilously close to cliff edges.

“Unfortunately police and emergency services have attended several tragic incidents in recent years, where visitors have fallen, after getting too close to edges or slipping on wet rocks,” police said.

“It’s just not worth it for a selfie,” said Blue Mountains Police Acting Inspector Mick Magill.

At Katoomba Falls on December 29, a photographer captured 14 people within metres of a 100m drop.

“At Katoomba Falls, like any location within the national park, police or park rangers can issue on-the-spot fines to people who choose to ignore signs or risk their own safety,” police said. 

Houses trashed

Two houses were trashed at Glenbrook and one at Faulconbridge during new year’s eve parties.

Acting Inspector Magill said young people had been left at home unsupervised while their parents went on holiday, and had put their party on Facebook with 200 people turning up. 

Costly Christmas

A 19-year-old Katoomba man has been fined $2384 and had his licence suspended for six months after being caught nearly double the speed limit on Christmas Day.

The man, holding a provisional riders licence, was riding his motorcycle at 117km/h in the 60km/h zone on Springwood Road, Agnes Banks, at about 9pm, when caught by Hawkesbury Highway Patrol.  

Be prepared

Police have urged people to be fully prepared when walking in the national park during hot weather. Police were called out twice on December 30 for people suffering dehydration in the Echo Point and Katoomba Falls area. Then on December 31 a father and son from Sydney were airlifted from the bush at Mt Wilson when they became disoriented. 

Police have urged people to log their trek, carry an EPIRB and sufficient water, and do research before departing.