Lake Mokoan Opens Door To Super National Parks Charges

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     8 October 2010 


Lake Mokoan Opens Door to Super National Parks Charges


If you haven’t got a wallet full of cash and permits stay in Melbourne!! 


Field and Game Australia has issued a warning to Melbourne residents wishing to visit

Victoria’s National Parks and public lands that the days of a casual family day out are over.


This week the full details of new regulations applying to the Winton Wetland Reserve near

Benalla have become public and 99% of Victorians will be excluded from the park without a raft

of permits and a list of restrictions.


Field and Game Australia CEO, Rod Drew said it’s unfortunate for Melbourne residents who

rely on public lands for their opportunity to go camping or fishing. 


“The days of simple access to National Parks or crown land reserves are over,” said Mr. Drew.

 

Environment Minister Gavin Jennings has now ensured if you live in the city you will have

access to the tiniest portion of the state’s natural places and you will pay and pay and pay

again for the privilege, said Mr. Drew.


The Winton Wetland Management Committee has been given the power to charge fees for

more than a dozen different permits and the rules for doing anything but look over the fence are

very complicated” said Mr. Drew.


“Bringing your family to Lake Mokoan is now almost impossible if you want to walk around the

wetlands and let the children run free,” said Mr. Drew.


Mr. Jennings has underhandedly introduced a whole range of new regulations including a five

paragraph ruling on how a beach umbrella is to be erected.


“The way is now clear for the State Government to introduce a wide range of fees and charges

for accessing or visiting Victoria’s National Parks and other public lands.


“If you want to go any further than Fitzroy Gardens, you will need plenty of cash in the near

future’” said Mr. Drew.


Editors Note: 

The new regulations are in the Victorian Government gazette G36 

(9 September 2010) pp1977-1986.  

 


For further information contact:

Rod Drew, CEO

Field and Game Australia

0418 892 288

03 5799 0960






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