Beach permits introduced on Sunshine Coast

From October 17, beach anglers and campers who regularly drive on beaches north of Noosa will have to purchase permits to do so – at a cost of up to $195 per year.

While the introduction of the permit fee has understandably upset regular beach drivers, member of parliament said the Sunshine Coast had won the best possible outcome it could from new government legislation.

Noosa MP and Opposition Climate Change and Sustainability spokesman Glen Elmes said  October 17 would bring down the end of an era of free beach access but would hopefully reduce vehicle numbers, improve amenities and increase safety.

With the introduction of the permit scheme, Inskip Point back to the Noosa North Shore will be the only area covered by a day permit – $10 online or $15 manually. A seven-consecutive-day permit would sell for $25.

QLD’s state government has committed to use money raised by beach permits to fund  additional rangers, beach and track improvements and upgraded toilet facilities.

University of the Sunshine Coast studies have found a disturbing level of pollution in ground water and dunes along the stretch caused by campers digging holes in the dunes to carry out ablutions.

For more on the Sunshine Coast’s beach permit fees click HERE.

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