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Victoria proposes user-pays model for national parks

(Oct. 23, 2013) -- Under a new government plan, families will have to pay to stay at more than 100 of Victoria's national park campgrounds for the first time, reports The Australian.

VICTORIA, Australia — Under a new government plan, families will have to pay to stay at more than 100 of Victoria’s national park campgrounds for the first time, reports The Australian.

The cost of camping at premium sites where fees already apply will also go up, from an average $37 a night to about $59 a night, says The Australian.

The Australian says the government is proposing the user-pays model, which will likely be phased in starting in March. The first stage would see 11 of Victoria’s free park campgrounds introduce fees of about $19 a night, while 24 parks that already have fees would see increases.

Under the plan, the other 98 parks or reserves in Victoria would have camping fees by 2015, says The Australian.

For the complete story from The Australian, click here.

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