Visitors will be able to visit Commonwealth national parks without paying entry fees after the government announced it was waiving fees from 16 March to 31 December 2020.
Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said the initiative comes under the Government’s $1 billion Coronavirus Regional and Community Fund, and aims to support local tourism operators.
“Tourism is the lifeblood of the communities in and surrounding these national parks, and it’s absolutely critical that we help to get people back visiting these areas that rely on tourism,” Birmingham said.
“This is just the start of targeted initiatives that we will be backing under this Regional and Community Fund to drive visitation into our tourism regions and support tourism businesses that have been hit the hardest as a result of the coronavirus.”
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that people needed to also support small businesses “by planning a winter escape to some of these amazing places”.
Per the lease arrangements of these national parks, a percentage of revenue generated from the sale of park entry fees is returned to traditional owners and the Australian Government will continue to pay the lease payments to the park’s traditional owners during this time.
Combined, the parks welcome more than 820,000 visitors annually.
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