More fees for National Park entry...

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 14:11
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 16:09

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 16:09
Already do for Fraser is.

Wouldn't mind paying $10.00 per vehicle per day if it was actually spent on facilities in the park you visit.

But doubt if some parks would cost effective in trying to collect the money. Been to a few parks where it is an honesty box and you are lucky to see a ranger every few days.
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 16:33

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 16:33
You already do pay , $100 per yr to drive on the beach at Bribie island +camping fees ,ditto for Moreton at $32 per mth + camping fees ,, both are national parks last time I looked.
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Reply By: 80seriescruiser - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 16:57

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 16:57
Pay money to breathe and fart next.

Why must governments continue to tighten their grip over its citzens?

Sad sad world when this kind of crap keeps happening.
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Reply By: oldtrack123 - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 17:26

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 17:26
I feel sorry for the low paid family man, coastal basic caravan parks & camping grds are virtually extinct Most Qld nat pks have reasonable fees but if this mob have their way these places to will be out of reach.
Where are the poor kids to go for a holididay if this continues ??
A coastal NSW np has just encreased its camp fee from $3. 50c pp /pd to $10PP/PD +$7 PD ENTRY FEE.This was a very popular park in the area for family groups,but probably not now
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:19

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:19
Unfortunately the brains trust forget that the vast majority of the fees gathered would just go to administering the fee!
Then again it's just a viscious cycle. We all visit the popular spots until they declare them National Parks. Due to vandelism, rubbish & overuse they close off areas, put up pine posts forcing more people into less space which then has to be managed so they put a fee in place so the "User Pays". In the end the place is no longer 'Natural' with board walks, toilets, showers & a kiosk selling stuffed koala's from China!
We human's are a funny bunch :-)
Cheers Craig.........
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:30

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:30
I don't and never will have a problem with paying an entry fee to a National Park.

I have travelled quite a bit of Oz and payed to visit parks without a problem.

I was quite vocal when they dropped the entry fee to Kakadu, as a result visitor #s have not increased as was supposed to happen.

The Tax payer now pays for the Park weather you visit or not, and all because of a few Votes at the 04 election.

IMHA the park staff are left with less of a budget and it will soon show.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:41

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:41
Parks with multiple entry points that need many staff even off season to collect usage fees spend much of the money just administering the system leaving little to actually improve the Park. It's no doubt one factor why many choose the honesty box which has low overheads. A bit like the old CB licence which was $27 & allegedly cost $24 to collect, pretty pointless.
High usage Parks, like Kakadu have pretty high overheads & a user pays system is more appropriate but the vast majority of Parks are better funded by the Nation. NSW's model of paying fees at every individual Park or a big one off annual permit fee does nothing to promote tourism particularly for tour operators faced with permits of $200+ at each and every one. Victoria have a few major Parks (Wilsons Prom/Mt Buffalo) where entry fees are paid, a handful where camping fees are at an honesty box then the rest are free. Vics Parks despite few user pays fees have pretty good facilities compared to other states.
Cheers Craig.........
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