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Fines To Rise For Sydney Harbour Bridge Trespass

A $3000 penalty for trespassing on the Sydney Harbour Bridge could potentially increase three-fold, which would put the fine on par with the cost of illegally climbing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

"We need to send a message that no matter how sad their personal circumstance may be, you cannot hold this city to ransom," state Roads Minister Melinda Pavey told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

"If you do, there will be a bigger financial penalty."

The minister's comments come after a 43-year-old man climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the early hours of Wednesday, sparking a major police operation that lasted five hours and resulted in traffic chaos across the city.

NSW Police said the man had "significant mental health issues" and was being assessed in hospital before he would face charges.

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