Warwick men involved in Fraser Island fires front court
Two Warwick men involved in the lighting of a campfire that turned into a wildfire that scorched half of Fraser Island have pleaded guilty to unlawful lighting of a fire.
Travis Robert Lowe and Lachlan James Brown both had their matters mentioned in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Brown pleaded guilty through a legal representative.
The matter was adjourned to February 15.
Lowe submitted a letter to the court pleading guilty and saying he was extremely sorry for his involvement and sincerely believed the fire had been extinguished.
In the letter, Lowe said he loved camping and never meant to harm or risk the environment.
He said it was a terrible mistake and he had a greater respect for rules as a result of the incident.
Magistrate Stephen Guttridge dealt with the matter in Lowe's absence, fining him $667 with no conviction recorded.
Two others had already been dealt with over the campfire, which caused bushfires that raged on the island for seven weeks and came close to homes and properties.
The court heard Cheshire made frank admissions about lighting the fire. In a letter to the court, Cheshire said he was embarrassed and remorseful for his actions. He stated he sincerely believed he had extinguished the fire. Cheshire was fined $1334 and no conviction was recorded.
Dominic Glynn Mcgahan, another member of the group, also pleaded guilty to lighting a fire and was fined $667 with no conviction recorded.
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