Blue Mountains News
Have Your Say on Visitor Infrastructure Investment Plan
The draft Visitor Infrastructure Investment Strategic Plan, on public exhibition until 4 December 2017, looks at ways to shift costs away from residents to those who are visiting the Blue Mountains and accessing infrastructure and services.
“The guiding principle of this draft strategic plan is one of equity. That those who use a service are the ones who pay for it,” Mayor Mark Greenhill said.
“The development of the tourism sector, and capturing the employment and economic benefits arising from the visitor economy in the Blue Mountains, is of critical importance. Potential additional revenue streams are identified in the draft Strategic Plan, with a view to shifting the burden for funding visitor infrastructure, visitor services and city presentation away from residents.”
Additional revenue streams could include paid car parking, paid bus and coach parking, camping charges and nature-based licencing.
“The plan contains two options for paid bus or coach parking: pay and display at Echo Point and the introduction of a bus and coach parking coupon scheme across the Local Government Area,” Cr Greenhill said.
“Extensive engagement with the bus and coach industry on the draft Visitor Infrastructure Investment Strategic Plan has commenced.”
A report provided by The Stafford Group on introducing a tourist bus charge at Echo Point was tabled at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 14 November, 2017. It includes a comparative analysis of other high profile tourist destinations within Greater Sydney as well as throughout NSW and across various stakeholders including other councils and National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS).
The ‘Echo Point Tourist Bus Parking Fee Assessment’ report is available at Blue Mountains Have Your Say.
Have your say on the Visitor Infrastructure Investment Strategic Plan until 4 December, 2017.
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