State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said he was pleased camping fees had been dropped in a host of Victoria’s parks, including Bunga Arm, following a state-wide review.
Earlier this year Mr Bull raised in Parliament the need for a review of camping fees.
“I am pleased that as a result, the fee for camping at mid-level campsites has been reduced, from $38.90 to $28 per site in peak season.
“Importantly, fees to camp at the popular boat based campgrounds at Bunga Arm in Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park have been reduced from $38.90 per site to $21 per site.
“This was one location where I received a high level of community feedback and made representations on behalf of a number of visitors to this location, so it is pleasing the cost has been almost halved,” Mr Bull said.
This change will affect 48 campgrounds around the state where fees have been reduced and Parks Victoria will immediately begin to process refunds for these campgrounds, which will continue in to 2016.
The Minister has advised customers who have booked to stay from 18 December 2015 will be automatically refunded for the reduced fees by Parks Victoria, but the bookings will still be honoured. People do not need to contact Parks Victoria; refunds will be processed for everyone who has a booking.
“East Gippsland has some of the best camping areas in the state and these changes will make it more affordable for families to enjoy,” Mr Bull said.
“A strong percentage of the 680 campgrounds in 133 parks across the state are in East Gippsland and those travelling to these locations over the holiday period will, I am sure, welcome this announcement.”
Mr Bull took the opportunity to remind holiday makers to take their time on the roads and remember there are traffic delays on the Princes Highway between Nowa Nowa and Orbost, so those making the trip to eastern camp grounds should allow extra travel time.
A full list of the camping site fee structures will be available on the Parks Victoria website www.parks.vic.gov.au.