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Media release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

1 March 2006

Veterans, carers and disabled save as part of Booderee National Park fee restructure

Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for Booderee National Park, today announced a new fee structure that will give veterans, carers and the disabled lower entry fees at Booderee National Park as of July 1 this year, as part of a broader fee restructure.

"The new fees will mean that veterans, carers, TPI card holders and the disabled will enjoy lower entry fees to this increasingly popular park, Mr Hunt said.

"I would like to congratulate the Federal Member for Gilmore, Mrs Joanna Gash for her continued perseverance in seeking better concessions for veterans, carers and the disabled.

"She has lobbied hard for these wins."

"The day pass for all users will now extend to two days for the price of one.

"This new fee structure is fairer, with some great deals for regular visitors, whilst also helping to offset increasing park costs.

"The restructure will top up the significant contribution made through Australian Government funding to make sure that Booderee continues to offer excellent facilities and education programs whilst protecting its fantastic natural environment.

"All additional revenue will go back into the park and help support local businesses and jobs."

Mr Hunt said the fee restructure will also address the needs of different kinds of visitors.

"Many of our day visitors want more than just a day to relax and experience all the park has to offer, so the $10 entry fee will now cover visitors for two days. We've also created short stay itineraries so visitors can make the most of their time."

"Booderee's local neighbours enjoy the park's quiet beaches, walking tracks and Botanic Gardens and they often want to show the park to visiting family and friends, so we're introducing a discounted price for a second family car."

"We need to increase the cost of annual passes to cover maintenance costs, but locals will be pleased to hear we will have a new two year 'value pass' at the old rate," Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said the restructure of camping fees, the first in 14 years, created a much fairer system.

"Booderee National Park attracts tens of thousands of campers, who visit the park every year because they love the uncrowded beaches, family friendly environment and great facilities including hot showers. Rather than increase the number of sites to raise more revenue, we have increased peak period rates so they are in line with other campgrounds."

"Prices in off season or shoulder periods will actually be cheaper for some, and although prices in peak season have increased, all campers will now have a park entry fee pass included in the fees. "

"The new system is fairer as camping fees will be better linked to the size of their site and number of people using the facilities," Mr Hunt said.

"The modest increase in park income from the fee restructure will support conservation, weed control, road maintenance and research into rare and endangered species. The continued support of visitors to the park is allowing us to offer activities for families and schools and develop new areas like the Bush Tucker garden - and make Booderee an even greater national park."

Media enquiries:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's office) 0415 740 722

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