The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MP, today confirmed that unfair basic camping fees enforced by the previous Coalition Government at numerous Victorian camping sites will be scrapped.
Mr Nardella said:
The fees imposed under the Coalition made camping expensive for families, affected school camps and buried Parks Victoria in red tape. From now on, over 500 basic camping sites over 70 campgrounds in 19 parks throughout regional Victoria will have no fees.
The Andrews Labor government wants all Victorian families to have affordable holidays and get a chance to experience our great national parks.
The bookings system for these sites will remain in place until 1 July 2015. Customers who have made a booking between now and 1 July will be refunded automatically by Parks Victoria, but the bookings will still be honoured.
A basic site is defined as unserviced, with minimal ranger patrols and pit or no-pit toilets. From 1 July 2015, these sites will no longer require booking and will be available on a first- come, first-served basis.
You can’t put a price on the beauty of our national parks. They make our state liveable. Go out and visit one this Easter break!
For more information on walks, activities and what’s open to visitors during school holidays please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.