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Popular Tasmania Campground Adopts “Pay if You Want to” Concept

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A Tasmanian council has decided to add a “pay-if you-want-to” idea to a well-known camping spot.

Although the idea was brought up in the past, it appears that the Dorset Council has just voted unanimously to approve the idea at the campsite at Derby Park.

The camping site has been open to the public for free. However, from now on,  anyone who is willing to pay will be able to purchase tickets from a machine similar to parking meters. They then show a ticket for the number of nights they want to stay.

People who do not wish to pay are not forced to; however, signs will inform campers that the money directly manages the Derby mountain bicycle trails.

“We’ve done a lot of consultation with campers and agreed that $20 per site per night is a fair fee with that money going directly back into the Derby bike trails,” Mayor Greg Howard said. “We are now waiting on the ticket machine availability, so it will be a couple of months at least.”

The council recently surveyed campers‘ views to determine what they thought of the idea. It spoke to around 60 campers during the October school holidays at the campground. The council noted that the concept had received enthusiastic approval, with feedback suggesting that the ideal price be AU$20 for a night.

The council made the choice after noticing that campers constitute a huge portion of the local population and “add to the vibe and feel of Derby.”

The plan will take effect at Derby. If successful, it will be expanded to other camping areas within the Dorset Council area once a new amenities block is in the works, which is anticipated by the end of 2022.

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