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Commercial photography charges in Canberra public spaces? (read, the National Arboretum!!)

By richiedt - 7 May 2013 32

Hi

I was reading this morning the charges up at the National Arboretum and spotted that they want to charge $200 “per image” for any commercial photography done up there and $200 an hour for non-commercial photography!!

Some of the other charges for “hiring” some of the spaces up there seem ridiculous as well including if you want your kid wants to earn some money dog walking, it’ll cost them almost $20 an hour for the privilege!!

As a public space, surely these charges can’t be applied up there?? These sort of charges aren’t applied in other Canberra public spaces are they??

What’s Your opinion?


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32 Responses to
Commercial photography charges in Canberra public spaces? (read, the National Arboretum!!)
zorro29 3:38 pm 07 May 13

$200 an hour for non-commercial photography?? put your instagram away folks!

the fee for commercial photography sounds pretty standard and occurs in lots of “public spaces”

MERC600 3:18 pm 07 May 13

dungfungus said :

Jeez, how much will it cost when they actually have trees there?

Ha . good one Fungus.

Deref 2:59 pm 07 May 13

Gungahlin Al said :

This is just for securing a specified area of the venue for exclusive use.

Are you sure?

If that’s true then it’s fair enough, though why don’t they say that it’s for that? If it’s not, then it’s definitely time for some large-scale civil disobedience.

Pork Hunt 2:55 pm 07 May 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Effing lol. How exactly are they going to enforce this? Rangers have no power to do anything. We don’t wear rego plates around our necks so we cannot be dobbed in.
Unless they station police officers to enforce this its pretty much impossible to charge these fees to anybody.

You’re always banging on about how law abiding you are when driving. What changes when you exit the vehicle?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 2:44 pm 07 May 13

Effing lol. How exactly are they going to enforce this? Rangers have no power to do anything. We don’t wear rego plates around our necks so we cannot be dobbed in.
Unless they station police officers to enforce this its pretty much impossible to charge these fees to anybody.

Gungahlin Al 2:41 pm 07 May 13

I think people are getting wound up for no reason. This is just for securing a specified area of the venue for exclusive use. No real difference between hiring a place for a party and hiring it for a photo shoot or filming a video. You don’t want Joe Public wandering through your shoot? Then you stump the fee and that bit of dirt is yours and yours only.
It wouldn’t stop you from rocking up to some part of the venue that hsn’t been booked and taking photos of the family.
And it wouldn’t stop people like Martyo or Richard Tuffin heading up there for more of their gorgeous sunrise photos.

FXST01 2:33 pm 07 May 13

They’re barking up the wrong tree.

c_c™ 2:24 pm 07 May 13

Ignore it, they can damn well sue if they want. In my experience these policies aren’t enforced and these charges are some of the worst I’ve seen. Completely unreasonable and the language used is illogical so plenty of room to plead ignorance in the unlikely event the Arboretum SWAT team catches you.

HiddenDragon 1:56 pm 07 May 13

Interesting to know how this will be enforced, and how much the enforcement measures will cost – anything left over could be put towards the cost of the lavish publications emanating from the Arboretum.

p1 1:50 pm 07 May 13

“Wedding and professional photography permit (Non-commercial)”.

How is this even possible? If it is non-commercial, it is not being done for money, and therefore, the photographer, by definition, is not acting as a professional.

On a related not, I recommend and same sex couple planning on getting hitched take the party up there for some group photos. Since they, by definition, cannot get married, I assume that charge won’t be levied.

dungfungus 1:42 pm 07 May 13

Jeez, how much will it cost when they actually have trees there?

FXST01 1:15 pm 07 May 13

Forget these charges and just stick to your outrageous parking costs.

tim_c 1:07 pm 07 May 13

Got to pay for the $80m arboretum somehow…

Yellow 12:45 pm 07 May 13

The wedding and professional photography permit (non-commercial) charge of $200 is ridiculous and short-sighted. If people have a function such as a wedding at the Aboretum and they have a photographer on board shooting images of guests in and around the Aboretum, then those images are actually promoting the site. Free advertising. If you have a 5 hour wedding this permit would cost you $1000. Why have this charge and risk that people will go elsewhere? Omit the charge and you’ll likely find that people will book more functions. Surely you want to encourage not discourage people from using the space in these early days of establishment.

howeph 12:31 pm 07 May 13

I’m not a layer, so I can’t comment on the legality of the charges. But they sound ridiculous and counter productive to me.

Professional, quality images of tourist attractions are free advertisements for the location and bring more tourists.

If you charge $200 per image then you get less photographs and less tourists… stupid.

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