Government to impose new camping fees

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Not even the traditional camping site along the Murray River is safe from the greedy hands of public lands managers, Member for Northern Victoria Daniel Young said today.

He has learned that families who currently enjoy free camping at three popular Murray River camping areas would be slugged with fees, under a current proposal by the Andrews Government. Will’s Bend, Farley Bend and Stanton’s Bend were identified today as areas the government plans to ‘diversify’, so as to set up a booking system that attracts fees, Mr Young said.

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings disclosed the sites in a written reply to a question raised in September by Mr Young, as to whether the River Red Gum Parks Draft Management Plan sought to reinstate camping fees at state parks. A member of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, Mr Young successfully lobbied the Government in 2015 to have the state park fees at basic camping sites scrapped.

“It now appears that the Andrews Government will be walking away from that policy, after it waffled on assurances it wouldn’t,” Mr Young said.

“In September, Minister Jennings assured me the Andrews Government had no intention of ‘preventing people from being able to get access to the park system’.

“But in his written response today, the minister stated that there is a proposal to establish fees at basic sites recognised as being popular holiday spots for families. The minister then states the fees would allow for ‘greater amenity’ that would ‘attract a wider range of users’.

“It sounds to me like the minister and the Andrews Government are trying to prevent access for families with costly fees, to make way for a different demographic of ‘users’.

“This is a slap in the face to the generations of hardworking families who have paid their taxes to enjoy camping at spots like Will’s Bend, Farley Bend and Stanton’s Bend and now risk being shut out.”

18 Responses

  1. Dave Medling
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    Sadly everyone who votes under the current currupt system have contributed to the provision for these activities to be perpetrated on Joe Average by the political nazis . The only way to fix this system is by replacing the system with a one person one vote system this will soon see the demise of the large bullying and self satiating political “big boys” club who’s indulgence in extreme superannuation and perks to prop up their insatiable grab for power and glory sees no bounds. While ever apathy reigns supreme and free handouts are made to the undeserving the status quo will remain , guess that means that for the silent , actually real job working people we just have to suck it up !!!

  2. Dave medling
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    Sadly everyone who votes under the current currupt system have contributed to the provision for these activities to be perpetrated on Joe Average by the political nazis . The only way to fix this system is by replacing the system with a one person one vote this will soon see the demise of the large bullying and self satiating political “big boys” club who’s indulgence in extreme superannuation and perks to prop up their insatiable grab for power and glory sees no bounds. While ever apathy reigns supreme and free handouts are made to the undeserving the status quo will remain , gues that means that for the silent actually real job working people we just have to suck it up !!!

  3. Cheryl rickads
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    Governments have a responsibility to look after the interests of families. Caravan parks are hugely overpriced and in many cases over rated. Free camps allow families to get out together, enjoy our beautiful country and establish in their children a love of the outdoors. We at retired and love these places and can’t always afford caravan park fees. Need a bit of everything for everyone no matter their financial circumstances.

  4. Robyne
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    A sad day it’s hard enough for families to have any sort of holidays. Just wrong and another reason to vote for Fishers Shooters and Farmers party.

  5. Jill Passeri
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    Some people can’t afford to camp in caravan parks but work hard all year and now the government is going to make them pay to stay in free camps. Governments are very greedy

  6. Cathy
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    Most Caravan parks are far too expensive for a lot of low income families to go into during school holidays as the fees sky rocket, these state parks are a way for these families to have a holiday.

  7. Bushy Peach
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    UP yours! you may have never been and never likely to be in a situation to be a homeless nomad? some are by choice and some are not!! but you have to consider other peoples needs with out having to put a charge on everything you seem too see that becomes popular! if you start putting charges on everything, it may come back and slap you fair in the kisser!! between Governments and Councils you blokes are getting out of hand by sitting on your shiny bums and making up all these new laws//Rules// Charges! get and do some really constructive by looking after the public//people.
    Some people are homeless because of Councils and Governments!!
    Don’t forget Governments got the land for FREE in the beginning! who did they take it off!?
    Bugger OFF no cheers, Bob (Bushy Peach/

  8. Mr Sheean
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    This is an outrage to pensioners & new families like our children & grandchildren, this will ultimately stop 1,000s from enjoyed freedoms & learning about nature & conservation & multiple other lessons for future , also this will trickle down to many shops/staff & manufacturing jobs plus revenue to local towns , they the greedy desk dums, will lose lots more than they think they will gain . bloody single minded stupidity , disgusting treating are hard earned r& r. Myself & family & great families fought in nearly all wars to give us freedom to enjoy this our rights . our family from convicts ,to national hero’s in AWM. Canberra have wasted our efforts & I will make sure we don’t waste any more lives for so called freedom & have a daughter about to join Navy to serve aboard our HMAS SHEEAN Submarine .

  9. June Mcdonough
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    Free camping is a must for travelers touring Australia. Without these we would not have been able to do our trip around this wonderful Country. If you calculate the money spent all over this Country by campers, especially in country towns. Buy a caravan, four wheel drive, kit out the cvan which means practically everything you use in your home, engel freezer, generator, solar panels, annexe, outdoor chairs, outdoor table, computer, phones, water /fuel containers, satellite dish, tv, etc etc. Then every day for a year, food, petrol, Diesel , prescriptions, gas, oil, eating out, hair cuts, fishing gear, trip (which cost an arm and a leg), beer, wine, soft drinks, trips to hardware , tyres, newspapers, magazines, caravan parks etcetera and now you want to take the very few free camping sites away from us. Free 24hr stops help, but these mean you have to get back out on to that road which means diesel is forever going into the tank.We campers discuss the way free camping is disappearing and are calculating wether it would be better, because of all the low prices on airlines to spend our money in Asia. The camping life is becoming to much of a struggle

  10. Chucker
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    Lazy. Blood sucking leech. Spend our taxes with no concern for others.

  11. Ron Hicks
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    Although I do not agree with the fees component the use of these sites are ‘abused’ by a small number of people to treat them as their private holiday spot for many months. They arrive early spring set-up camp in the best sites and rule over these for the entirety of the summer months by leaving there ‘presence’ [caravan et.] on site even though not in use, thus allowing limited access for many others who may want to enjoy our wonderful asset. A concerned Echuca resident.

  12. Carol Frost
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    We enjoy our lifestyle in Mildura because we can access the river. It is no cost family activities areas like our river bends which gives our children the space,fresh air and sunshine needed in the fast pace living of today. If fees are bought in families will stop going , there will be more kids on the streets looking for entertainment ie:- drugs , alchohol and theiving etc not to mention obesity. Leave our lifestyle alone Daniel Andrews and find somewhere else to rip off your funds for the city dwellers.

  13. Daryl
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    Yes, again, anything free or that can be enjoyed by the public, slap a fee on it. Cannot have those plebs getting something for nothing!

  14. bruce whelan
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    this is just a money grab by the government and will prevent low income people from haveing a holiday

  15. Greg Mckenzie
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    Typical of the greedy Andrews government, waste billions of dollars of our money on hare brained decisions then slug battlers who can only afford camping holidays on our beautiful river. Roll on the next state election.

  16. Lynette Bell
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    We used to camp along the Murray at Yarrawonga and Barmah forest the kids had a wonderful time being free from most of the usual restrictions at home. There were four families who joined us and those holidays are most memorable. It would be a travesty if the river became closed to such family groups as ours. I think you are correct that there is an underlying motivation to begin charging fees.

  17. Rod
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    If they start charging fees for these camp sites that have been there for years, they will end up with nobody going there so they will miss out anyway.

  18. pam harris
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    well isnt that typical of our greedy government,nothing is sacred anymore,it will end up like the foreshore along mornington peninsula were families cannot get a spot there because the wealthy book it year after year and there is never any vacancy’s ,wake up you hungry oafs let the average families enjoy something,you keep taking everything from low and middle class people,how about a pay decrease for yourself .These places are popular because of the (no) cost, stop driving us out of any luxuries we may be able to give to our children,go sort out all the crime happening instead.

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