Waroona accommodation site Lake Navarino will not reopen lakeside camping this Australia Day and the owners have been advised by government authorities to keep it closed due to continuous violent and illegal behaviour from campers. Lake Navarino operator Craig Elliot this month confirmed lakeside camping was still permanently prohibited. It comes after a string of “anti-social behaviour, overcrowding and hooning” at the facility — including the 2018 Australia Day incident where a man bashed a father with a shovel causing bleeding on his brain and the 2019 Australia Day weekend tragedy which resulted in the death of a 22-year-old man. Lakeside camping has been shut since May last year after campers wreaked havoc during the first weekend of relaxed regional border travel restrictions. Police and emergency crews had to attend several calls during the opening weekend. A handful of P-platers were charged with drink-driving offences and several burns victims were also airlifted to hospital. Mr Elliot said the behaviour in the past had been “feral”. “It’s just too dangerous and safety comes first,” Mr Elliot told the Reporter. “Different government departments have advised us to keep it closed and we won’t reopen until the government departments make it safe. “Of course we lose income, but safety is more important.” Mr Elliot said people could still use the dam during the day, they just could not camp overnight. He said the caravan park section of the facility was still open for overnight bookings. However, it is not the first time Lake Navarino has made headlines. There was a disturbing incident on Australia Day in 2018 when a methamphetamine user smashed a man in the face with a shovel — causing him to become unconscious. A melee broke out and several more people were assaulted. The next year, a man drowned in “unsuspicious” circumstances during the Australia Day weekend. In 2016, several buildings were burnt in the devastating Yarloop-Waroona fires. There have also been reports of littering and overcrowding. Up to 5000 have in the past reportedly camped in the area for several days at a time — which could today pose serious social distancing concerns and coronavirus risks. Two people also have been killed by fallen trees while camping at the facility. .