Tuesday 15 December 2016
Leaders of Victoria's outdoor community and industry bodies warmly welcomed today's announcement by Hon. Lisa Neville, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, to reduce fees at 47 campgrounds across the state from $38.90 to $28 per site.
The announcement comes on the back of a decision earlier this year to remove fees from campgrounds offering only basic amenities.
Chuck Berger, CEO of Outdoors Victoria, said "This is great news for holiday campers. But just as importantly, its good economic and social policy. Cost can be a real barrier for families and school groups getting in to our parks.
"When people do go camping, we know that they spend money in regional Victoria on gear, food, transport and other expenditures. So by making it easier for people to enjoy our parks, we're getting more economic activity into regional Victoria."
Pete Griffiths, CEO of the Australian Camps Association, said, "There is no doubt about the benefits of enjoying our great outdoors, and at a time where holiday costs can be a significant factor for families, it is fantastic news to hear that these fees are being reduced.
The Australian Camps Association welcomes this announcement and looks forward to seeing more people outdoors more often this holiday season."
Outdoors Victoria and the Australian Camps Association are both seeking a substantial increase in funding to support our parks in next year's budget, to ensure our parks are accessible, high quality and good drivers for regional economies.
For further comment, contact:
Chuck Berger, CEO, Outdoors Victoria – 0417 447599
Pete Griffiths, Interim CEO, Australian Camps Association – (03) 9365 7100