'Beach fees go towards facilities'

VEHICLE access fees for specified beach and national park areas at the Cooloola Coast will be used on facilities, despite the doubts of anti-fee protesters, Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said yesterday.

“The first project we have already committed to funding is almost doubling the capacity at freshwater campground,” she said.

She was responding to a growing protest movement among four-wheel drive enthusiasts and said that “far from closing the area to people, the plan is about ensuring it is maintained for future generations to enjoy”.

She also denied suggestions the well connected conservation group the Noosa Parks Association, which was involved in putting forward the beach fee proposals, would receive fee privileges.

“Like other organisations that operate out of a property in the area, the association is entitled to fee exemption for up to two vehicles.

“Individual members of the association are not entitled to fee exemptions unless they are landholders whose normal access to their home or property is through a recreation area,” the Minister said yesterday.

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