This year, the fee to enter Kosciuszko National Park has risen from $16 to $22 per day. Next year it will cost $27. Yearly passes are also increasing. Why the price hike? Read on…

What is this campaign about? (from www.knpfees.com)

By the time you read this you may already be painfully aware of the new range of fees being charged to enter the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains of NSW.

The fundamental reason for these massive increases in fees, as I see it, is to fund the new water and sewerage infrastructure in Perisher Valley.

The NSW government owns and operates the water and sewerage infrastructure in Perisher Valley and they want to expand it.

Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields own and operate their own water and sewerage plants and it is NOT paid for by the NSW government but instead by the leaseholders.

I have questioned both the NSW government and the National Parks and Wildlife Service as to why they are making visitors to Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields pay for the new water and sewerage infrastructure in Perisher Valley when Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields are already paying for their own.

The most informative reply I have had was from the Parks and Wildlife Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW) stating that: 80% of fees collected at the Kosciuszko Road tollgates (entrance to Perisher) goes towards paying for Perisher Range infrastructure works and 20% to projects within KNP, while 100% of fees collected at the other entrances to the Kosciuszko National Park go to projects within KNP.

It doesn’t matter how you word these statistics, it still comes down to the simple fact that because visitors entering Kosciuszko National Park, regardless of whichever road they use, pay the same entrance fee, they are ALL fundamentally funding the Perisher Valley water and sewerage infrastructure. Saying that visitors to Thredbo and Selwyn must pay a higher proportion of park projects than visitors to Perisher Range have to pay, it still does not appear to me to be a fair or equitable fee structure.

This is not a user-pays system as far as visitors to Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields are concerned.

A visitor to Perisher uses the Perisher water and sewerage infrastructure and pays for it through their entry fees.
A visitor to Thredbo who does NOT use the Perisher water and sewerage infrastructure still pays for it through entry fees as well as having to pay for using the Thredbo water and sewerage infrastructure through costs factored into all services within Thredbo.
The same applies for a visitor to Selwyn Snowfields.
In my opinion, this is unjust and inequitable and if the NSW government is to charge all park visitors for paying for the Perisher water and sewerage infrastructure then they should be paying for the water and sewerage infrastructure for all areas within the Kosciuszko National Park. Together with the high cost of fuel, the higher park fees are anti-tourism.

I urge you to sign the petition to at least reduce the fees to Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields, if not all parts of the Kosciuszko National Park.

Richard Pascoe

If you agree with this, protest against the price hike by signing the petition at www.knpfees.com