This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 3 August to 30 August 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.
Forest reserves are important areas of public open space available for a variety of recreational activities within commerical pine plantation and native forest. We use an online permit system for some activities, which are subject to regulated fees, to assist in the management of recreational use within forest reserves.
The Forestry Regulations were last updated in 2013. A modest increase in regulated fees will help offset costs of the online booking system, associated administrative fees and ongoing maintenance and provision of recreational infrastructure. The transition to online permits has proven popular, with campers, horse riders and fossickers recognising the convenience of the system.
For the 2021 camping season, we intend to implement a per vehicle fee for campsite bookings, removing the current per person fee. This will mean less administration costs to process changes to bookings and cancellations. The introduction of a per vehicle fee is consistent with the National Parks and Wildlife Service campsite fee structure.
We are also seeking to amend current regulations requiring dogs to be on a lead always no greater than three metres in length. This amendment is in response to an increase in dog attacks on the public and wildlife within forest reserves as a result of dogs off lead. The requirement for dogs to be on a lead is consistent with the National Parks and Wildlife Service regulations.