THE Nelson Visitor Information Centre is likely to be closed for the equivalent of four-days of the week with Parks Victoria withdrawing their services in favour of online bookings.
The decision to drop out of the Nelson Visitor Information Centre (NVIC) was denied by a Parks Victoria spokesman, but staff at the centre, employed by both the Glenelg Shire Council and Parks Victoria, confirmed that their hours will reduced to three days a week in the coming months.
NVIC employee Rhian Maddox said she and another employee had been contracted by Parks Victoria for the past 12 months to fill the position left by a Parks Victoria employee 12 months ago, and their contract will expire in August.
Ms Maddox said the NVIC could no longer make Lower Glenelg National Park campsite bookings, with all reservations having to be made online or through a Parks Victoria hotline.
Acting Glenelg mayor Bruce Cross said Parks Victoria hadn’t informed the council of any reduction in services, but said the impost it would put on the council would be unfair when it already funds three days of the week.
“The need to have front level access to the people and the services coming out of the Visitor Information at Nelson is largely aimed at Parks Victoria… we don’t want to particularly fill the void because we start to do state government work,” Cr Cross said.
Chief executive officer Sharon Kelsey said the council shouldn’t have to subsidise a state government function, which predominantly benefits Parks Victoria.
Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.