Changes to CSR permit application system

Submitted: Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 19:09
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Hi everyone,

Changes to the CSR permit application system come in effect 30 Sept 2012. Below is a newsletter from the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council.

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http://www.westprint.com.au/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/archive/Friday_Five/20120727145836/

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Canning Stock Route Permits

MEDIA RELEASE

4WD DRIVERS UPSET AT PERMIT CHANGE ON CANNING STOCK ROUTE

From 30 September 2012 the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council (4 Wheel Drive Australia), will no longer issue travel permits for the Canning Stock Route (CSR), one of Australia’s iconic and most challenging four wheel drive route.

“In future travellers will need to apply for permits through Kuju Wangka which represents native title areas along the CSR,” said Council President Eric Morey.

The Council regrets the change which ends a successful collaboration with the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation.

Since 2007 the Council has helped the Martu people with a permit system to help manage access across their traditional lands. Permit funds were originally targeted for community improvements and potentially to employ Indigenous rangers responsible for preserving significant areas while educating travellers.

“We are disappointed with Kuju Wangka’s change and think permit fees could rise in future.”

“We are concerned the new managers have ignored our efforts to develop culturally sensitive information about travelling the CSR and co-opted our materials without acknowledgement.”

The CSR is a major tourist attraction for all Australian citizens. In recent times many four wheel drive clubs and other groups have put a lot of effort into preserving significant areas and facilities along the CSR.

“We hope they are not treated in a similarly dismissive manner.”

Mr Morey said that in the past five years the Council has returned more than $56,000 in CSR permit fees to Native Title Holders but received no feedback on how the money was spent.

The not for profit Council represents incorporated four wheel drive clubs throughout Australia. It covered the costs of developing and managing the CSR permit system and provided an around the clock online service for travellers including after-hours contacts.

For more information visit www.anfwdc.asn.au

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 21:06

Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 21:06
Hi Phil

See Thread 97057 for the full story and link to Kuju Wangka for permit applications.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 05:37

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 05:37
Hi Motherhen,

Thanks for the response. I missed your thread when I was out of town and should have been more thorough in checking when I got back.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 08:05

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 08:05
'If you don't go, there'll be no dough'! Then things may change.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 10:10

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 10:10
HI Jack

They got $56, 000 over 5 years - not exactly a money spinner is it.

I think we should be more concerned about;

Delays in getting permits,
Increased costs of permits
Permits for trailers
More areas being 'no access'

If 'we do the right thing’ and groups like Track Care WA, are permitted to have a positive impact, then the track will remain relatively open access for all. If a few of us stuff it up, then I feel more areas will be denied access, permit costs will increase, no trailers allowed and so on.

It’s us - stuff it up we lose.


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Reply By: equinox - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 14:34

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 14:34
Hi Phil,

Sounds like "Sour Grapes" by the council.

When they say "4wd Drivers Upset", I presume they are speaking on behalf of their members. I'm not a member of any affiliated organisation that has ties with the council so they're certainly are not speaking on my behalf. I've always considered myself a "Traveler" and not a "4WD Driver" anyway.

Kuja Wangka have already put the new permit system in place by the looks:
Canning Stock Route Visitor Permit System

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 01:13

Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 01:13
Hi Alan

Its hard to read between the lines of the newsletter but it seems that there is some disagreement between both parties.

Thanks for the link to the Kuja Wangka site, its great to see the permit system is automated. that should keep things flowing.

I also see they have listed a fee of $50 for camper trailers on top of the $100 vehicle fee.

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