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NPWS Rider Limits
I've just had an email from NPWS regarding rider limits on organised rides in National Parks.
The attached form one was asked to sign lists (amongst others) the following fees:
- Application Administration fee: $55.00 - Dependent upon application
- Application fee: Dependent upon application
- Per head fee: To be advised if applicable
- Security Deposit and other fees: To be advised if applicable
As you can see, signing such a form leaves anyone open to at least a $55 liability and probably more as these fees are TBA and no limit is mentioned on the form.
You will also note from the below that a three week notice is required which is probably unworkable.
From this I think there is little option but to limit all rides to 20 or less and I'll be turning that on now. Sorry, but this is bureaucracy run wild and have told NPWS as much.
Anyhow, here's the mail I received in full:
As discussed previously, see attached copy of our Activity Consent Application for Non-Commercial Activity.
This application must be used for any organised group of potentially 20 riders or over that wish to utilise legal trails in the National Park.
Access to the form should be restricted & with it available only to organisers of a ride & it should be lodged a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the ride (preferably longer).
The signed application can be either faxed or scanned & emailed to the fax number or email address listed on the form.
All information requested in the application from needs to be provided.
Initially, in most cases, I envisage no fee will apply as long as it is an application / notification of a proposed social ride with minimal potential impact or risk to other Park users, however, some conditions may be imposed, depending on the type of event, proposed numbers, location & the proposed date/time.
An administration fee and/or a security deposit (& potentially insurance indemnity) may be required depending on the extent & potential impact of the proposed activity, but any such requirements (if proposed) will be discussed with you or the organiser following receipt & assessment of the application.
The charging of fees and/or security deposits will be reviewed & discussed in light of how well the process works.
This process will be positive for both NPWS & NobMob as we will have a better awareness of park usage & in turn be able to provide information that may assist NobMob ride organisers & participants.
As I mentioned last time, following the positive outcomes from the recent mountain bike issue meeting at SNR, a discussion paper is being prepared to go to the Central Branch Management Meeting in May.