NSW Parks pass going to $190 pa this year...

Submitted: Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 20:02
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A current NSW National parks and wildlife parks pass(all parks pass) is currently $145.00 as of 5th november 2005 but going to $190.00 on 3rd October this year. With these huge percentage rises along with rising camping fees in their parks, fuel costs, vehicle and running costs, its no longer a 'poor man's holiday.. I'm thinking it might be cheaper to put a pool in and buy a bigger beer fridge, and stay home. ;( Michael
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Reply By: itsdave - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 20:39

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 20:39
I 'd recomend you move to Qld where there 's no charge to visit National Parks unless it's nor camping. Me thinks the NSW Gov is getting a bit greedy

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Reply By: desert - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 20:41

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 20:41
So they have just priced themselves out of the market. Don't pay it, boycott the bastards until they see the error of their ways. Perhaps the fine (if caught) is less than the permit?
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Reply By: Philip A - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 21:07

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 21:07
I think that is for 2 years . I bought one for 2006 about 2 weeks ago for about $85.
I have already saved $20 over the Chrissy hols .
Regard s Philip A
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 21:16

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 21:16
Ok,, maybe you are correct Phil, i will recheck, I got my last years one a s a gift but i had a feeling 2 years ago it was about $80 Pa.. I will check their site again and maybe i may have to take my foot out of my mouth!!!!!
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Reply By: brett - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 21:11

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 21:11
The increase is only for Kosiouszko, which is included in the all park pass. There is no increase for the all parks pass excluding Kosi. So it's not that bad really. If you can afford $100 a day for a lift pass plus the accom prices down there during winter then $45 a year isn't much in the big picture, also considering the daily entrance fee is $22.
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Reply By: Philip A - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 21:17

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 21:17
See here
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Annual+passes+and+vehicle+entry+fees

I was wrong it is $145 now. Phew lucky I went down on Chrismas eve morning to NPWS>
Regard s Philip A
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 22:02

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 22:02
It's still over the top, I've failed to renew. I reckon I'll be in front paying as I go, particularly as we have two cars and you can only put the pass on one. As usual they have got too greedy. Back the boycott, I have.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 22:18

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 22:18
i agree, its actually currently $145 for one year and $320 for two years. They have factored in the big increase of this year and the hit for next year. As mentioned above, its not huge money wise but big percentage wise. It seems a relentless suck on the wallet from all directions. I parked in Paramatta last week and where i normally park there were never any meters, free parking for 1 hour, right at the end of town. guess what, now parking at $3.60 an hour. I just wonder where the money goes seeing as years ago all the infrastructure was paid for by normal taxes at reasonable rates. Governments used to supply 'services' for its people and subsidies for unprofitable services. Its 'user pay' gone mad... but we still dont know where the money goes. Michael
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Follow Up By: gramps - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 07:52

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 07:52
Yeah, our ex-premier and his bushranger Treasurer never did quite explain where all the money went. As usual with our politicians, they took the cowards way out and resigned/retired before the shyte hit the fan.

A pox on both their houses.
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Reply By: Member - uncle - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:56

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:56
yes the NPWS sure know how to take money off people,however,they dont know how to properly spend it!Take some of the past bushfires for example especially in NSW whereever there are forests that have been taken over now by Nat Parks,these are the ones that have had the biggest fire problems as they dont do controlled backburnung,as the forestry commission used to.Here around Jervis Bay NSW,the nat Parks TRIED to attempt a controlled backburn a couple of summers ago and the result of this was an out of control fire that blazed for days and scarred much of the beautiful Jervis Bay landscape!All i can say is thanks to Stuart Diver,( Thredbo Disaster Survivor),He ended up getting a good amount of money back off the bustards due to one of the classic NPWS stuff ups! They are as tight as ducks bums and never want to spend money taken off the public on upgrades.
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Reply By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 19:16

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 19:16
I live near the Royal National Park in Sydney , and have no problem at all paying for a yearly pass due to the fact that I go there all the time, when I have been down the snow upgrading the pass has proved cheaper than paying for parking ( over a couple of days )

Glenn.
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Reply By: Member - Ray (SA) - Sunday, Jan 15, 2006 at 08:01

Sunday, Jan 15, 2006 at 08:01
I just bit the bullet paying the $145 for an annual pass. I agree that it is a bit excessive, seeing as an annual pass without Kosciuszko National Park is only $65!!!

That's $80 just for Kosciuszko itself which is more expensive by itself than all the rest of the NSW parks combined.

I guess however, there's really not much we can do about it if we want to enjoy the area.

Doesn't mean we can't winge about it though.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Jan 15, 2006 at 17:53

Sunday, Jan 15, 2006 at 17:53
Its not so much the cost, but the actual % increase. Not only that, in October it going up to $190. The rest of the economy is growing at 3%. The national parks is increasing fees at 35% PA... Michael
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