Big boost for local campers
A HALVING of fees to visit local state and national parks and $2 million to upgrade a popular Glenelg Shire site are on the cards from July 1.
The initiatives are part of the $107 million Great Outdoors program contained in the recently-released Victorian Budget and deliver on pre-election promises made by the Labor government.
That will see campsite fees halved to visit the likes of Discovery Bay Coastal Park, and Budj Bim (formerly Mount Eccles), Lower Glenelg and the Grampians National Parks.
The year-round initiative will see campers save up to about $27 a night for non-powered sites at Budj Bim (currently $54.80 during peak season) and up to $15 a night at Discovery Bay (at Lake Mombeong and Swan Lake the cost of a campsite is about $30 a night), Lower Glenelg and the Grampians.
The cuts also apply to other fees, such as those paid by school camps. Budj Bim and Discovery Bay are among the parks in the state which do not offer any fee-free camping.
There will also be $2 million for an upgrade of the Glenelg River campground, including new toilets, shower blocks, walking tracks, more campsites near the river and to the nearby Princess Margaret Rose Caves.