NSW NP Open to Commercial Ventures

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 09:01
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For those of us that love and enjoy the environment of camping in the NSW National Parks should be aware that if the New South Wales government has its way they are seriously thinking about changing the laws regarding national parks in that they want to open them up to commercial ventures allowing construction of resort style and holiday homes and cabins.

This news has been around for a few months but in their wisdom the NSW government has kept it under wraps. What is needed is all the publicity through the media to stop such ventures going ahead. National Parks belong to the people and very soon we may well see our national parks being sold off to private enterprise.

There is a Media release at :
Media Release
Let's see what we can do.

BTW, I am just an ordinary bloke who loves our country and have no affiliation with any organisation or political group.
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Reply By: Gramps - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 09:31

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 09:31
Fixed your link
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Reply By: RV Powerstream P/L - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 10:33

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 10:33
There is already some commerciial enterprises within the bounds of NSW National Parks so that is nothing new and if you live near one and enjoy the fascility you would know that it appears the aim of NPWS is to restrict access to everyone they can and this includes people that have derived an income by access through them such as fishermen.

I do not condone or support over commercialisation of them by I do not condone locking out the people that own them either.

Somewhere there has to be a balance but who has the balls to do it and make it work for everyone that I dont know.
Ian

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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 10:45

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 10:45
Yep, a bit of balance and I don't have a problem with it.

I can't see too much wrong with say a 3 hectare resort in a 1000 hectare National Park.

Much as it may seem foreign to most people on this forum (including me), there are people who do not like camping, but do like the bush. If they want to stay in flash accommodation that is their right.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: oldtrack123 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 12:29

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 12:29
HI Jim
"Much as it may seem foreign to most people on this forum (including me), there are people who do not like camping, but do like the bush. If they want to stay in flash accommodation that is their right."


I agree with the above except I believe it will end up with being forced to camp in the grounds of that resort / van park @ their fees .
I can not see the NPs continuing to supply camping areas, not want /allowed to be in competition with private operator? The cpass competitive neutrality push?
This has already occurred in some Qld nat prks
So instead of $10 pp/pn you will probably be paying $30+ for 2p/pn

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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 12:51

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 12:51
Oldtrack 123

Kakadu N.P. has resort style accomm and camping at a cost, Kakadu also has managed camp grounds at a cost run by the park itself, or free camping.

All these have worked in Kakadu for 25 years +, I don't see how it can't work in other areas.

Cheers Steve
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 13:32

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 13:32
So does Fraser Island (Great Sandy National Park)
Cheers Bruce
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Follow Up By: oldtrack123 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 14:42

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 14:42
Hi Steve& isuzu

Yes, I agree IF THAT IS the intent of nps.
No reason why they can't retain the camp areas & let the cps / resorts be built for those who want them.
We shall see & time will tell, unfortunately if they go the way I believe they may, it will be to late when we find out.
TOO late to close the door.
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 14:25

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 14:25
Kosciusko NP is full of commercial ventures - and the admission charges are very high.
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Reply By: Rod, Sydney - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 18:00

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 18:00
As always it is about balance - currently so many places are locked up and only accessible to hikers. NSW certainly does not have balance. My mates joke that if we want to go camping we have to leave the state.
Today I went for a drive to Budderoo National Park (between Southern Highlands and Wollongong) and the only bits accessible were the sanitised picnic areas - the rest was locked with the usual excuse of "too much vandalising and rubbish so we've locked it up". They may be right, but locking it up is never the answer.
In addition the information on their web page didn't match the facilities that were available - it's like they don't want to encourage visitors.
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