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05/08/2004

Ken Bacon, MHA
Minister for Tourism Parks and Heritage

National park entry fees will rise from 1 November this year, with the revenue to be put straight back into looking after Tasmania's world-class parks and reserves.

"The rises will not be large and the new fee structure encourages people to purchase an annual or a new two yearly pass," the Minister said.

"The fees will ensure the Parks and Wildlife Service can continue to enhance the visitor experience and protect the conservation values that people enjoy so much."

Mr Bacon said that people who currently have an annual pass could renew them at any time of the year for $60, which is a rise of just $14.

He also said there will be available for the first time a two-year pass for $108, which at $54 a year represents only an $8 increase per year on the current annual pass.

"Apart from a very slight increase in 2002, this is the first time that park entry fees have increased since they were introduced for vehicles in 1994.

"The decision to increase fees will ensure that we have the capacity to provide visitors with a quality experience without compromising the values which attract people to Tasmania in the first place."

Mr Bacon said the additional revenue generated by the fee increase would be used to increase the range of visitor services and visitor staff and improve and maintain facilities.

"This additional revenue will provide for an annual intake of 30 trainees across the State as visitor reception officers, field officers and administrative assistants.

"It will also provide for a significant increase in the number of summer interpretation rangers as well as improving interpretation at visitor centres," he said.

"Funds from park entry fees provide for a range of projects each year including building and maintaining visitor infrastructure such as walking tracks, car parks, interpretation and information, toilets and picnic shelters.

"It is projected that the increase in fees will provide an extra $1.75 million a year.

"We need to ensure that our visitor facilities at parks and reserves are maintained at a high level to meet everyone's expectations," Mr Bacon said.

"Park entry fees in Tasmania are generally undervalued in comparison to other states and territories. The new pass fees are much more in line with mainland states and territories and remain good value in comparison with other leisure products.

"While the day visit rate has increased to $20 per day per vehicle, we hope that people who regularly use the parks will purchase an annual parks pass which offers far better value for the visitor."

Concession and Health Benefit Cardholders receive a 20 per cent discount off all annual passes and the two-year Tasmanian pass.

Schools that have visiting a national park as part of their curriculum can obtain an exemption from fees.

  • Further information on park entry fees can be found on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au/natparks/current_fees.html

  • For a list of projects funded by parks fees during the 2003/04 year, click here.

  • For a comparison of Tasmania's parks fees with those of other States, click here.

This initiative/program is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goals 21 and 24 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage and Ensure our natural resources are managed in a sustainable way now and for future generations.