5 November 2005

Skiers to subsidise development in Kosciuszko

| redneck_ninja
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Around a quarter of a billion dollars is being planned to develop Kosciuszko National Park, but annual park passes are going to double. Just when you thought it was expensive enough to go to the snow – $190 for an annual pass by 2007, and $27 for a day pass (locals don’t have to fork out the extra cash, and that includes people from Queanbeyan, but doesn’t include Canberra…)

Only catch is to cater for an expected expansion of Perisher Blue, it will cost around $160 million in the next thirty years, a cost the state government doesn’t want to fork out. Roads and sewerage will be paid for by the new fees, as well as development fees by chalets.

On the environment front – more wild brumbies will be culled, they’re upgrading trails and allowing more horse-riding, and reconstructing some of the huts damaged by the 2003 bushfires.

It’s good to see more money to improve the park, but considering you’re paying $5 for a VB in a plastic cup up here, and the cost of everything is so bloody expensive, it could be a disincentive to come up especially for day trips.

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One (or maybe more) of the bus lines already does that, oldsoldier. It costs around $100 per person. You get picked up from a couple of locations here in canberra at sparrowfart on a bloody cold dark winter morning and bussed down to one of the ski joints. The park entry fee is included in the price, and when you get there you get herded like sheep through a building to get your ski pass and rental equipment (not including ski pants and jacket though – you have to have rented them from somewhere here in canberra first).

Then at the end of the day you get back on the bus at a certain time and go home.

What would happen if they instigated a shuttle-bus from Jindabine? Would each passenger have to pay a subsidy for the park fees? Might just be a way to reduce to impact of cars in the area.

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