Our sleeping giant: Mt Warning overlooking the cane fields of the Tweed.
Our sleeping giant: Mt Warning overlooking the cane fields of the Tweed. Ryan Fowler Photography

Is it time to crackdown on illegal camping at Mt Warning?

SECURITY improvements at Mt Warning are in question after a backpacker died atop the popular peak this week.

American tourist Sam Beattie, 24,was the first hiker to die at the scenic summit, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service confirmed.

The backpacker died after a lightning strike incident on Tuesday while illegally camping at the summit of Wollumbin-Mount Warning National Park .

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman, Lawrence Orel said NPWS will consider evaluating security and other safety measures at the national park once police complete their investigations into the Mr Beattie's death.

Byron Bay Adventure Tour manager, Tom Ihle said NPWS clearly communicates camping is illegal within the national park.

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Mr Ihle is aware illegal camping occurs within the national park but couldn't say how regularly it visitors break those rules.

Although he acknowledged Tuesday's death as a tragedy, Mr Ihle said people must take the responsibility to respect the rules of the national park.

He commended the NPWS and said they do "a good job" in managing the park and its visitors.

Minjungbal man, Robert Corowa said people shouldn't be climbing the mountain in the first place.

Mr Corowa compared the cultural significance of Wollumbin to Uluru.

"We don't like people climbing our sacred rock sacred rock which is Mt Warning," Mr Corowa said.

As the custodians of the land, Mr Corowa asked that people respect the wishes of indigenous communities not to climb the summit.

Mr Corowa suggested if trekkers really want to traverse the mountain, they should be accompanied by an Aboriginal site officer to be educated on the indigenous history of the land as well as ensure better safety on the trail.



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