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Gidday Folks

Got my NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service vehicle entry fee exemption pass today ... .


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What's that? One thing I am happy to purchase each year is the National Park Pass. That provides unlimited access to all national parks plus some other fee areas. How does it work in Australia?
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How come the exemption? They are well worth the money particularly if you visit NP's often throughout the year!
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Hey fellas,

Experience only comes with age ...

and the much the same goes for pension concession cards ...

Here's how it works:

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/...xemption-cards

Still have to pay camping fees, but at $5 per night, this is unlikely to bankrupt me.

That's the charge for safe, (mostly) powered sites with hot and cold running showers and real toilets. The express need for these generally comes with age too ... .
Oh well ... .
I am a living, breathing tribute to the wonders of modern medical science; and the tremendous care by Surgeons, Doctors, Nurses, Catering and Cleaning staff, in some of the best hospitals in the world ... .

I am very grateful that NSW offers this concession to those of us who satisfy their criteria. While there are generally no Park entrance fees in Victoria, precious few of them have showers and toilets either!

Cannot speak too highly of their service, either.
Applied last Sunday night.
Got the pass in the mail today (Wednesday)
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AFAICS, NSW has the very best system of parks and facilities in central and eastern Australia.

Not only that, but if one is a member of SOFA (the Silly Old Farts Association) and have a pension card of any description, one can apply for exemption from all park entry fees. These are normally $5 per vehicle per day, with very few exceptions - a few are free; a few cost more than this.

The exemption pass is free for all pension card holders.

Many (most?) NSW State and National Parks have camping grounds, and most of these have proper sanitary facilities. This latter isn't optional for me ...

Here's the good bit! There is generally a camping fee at these parks of about $5 per day. Having the exemption card means that another $5 per day isn't added to this for park entry fees. One usually has to pay separately for each.

The other good bit is the speed and quality of service! I first applied for one of these last year. It arrived about 3 days after my email to them on Sunday night. I applied for the renewal last Thursday, and the renewed card arrived today!

The other good bit is that NSW does not play 'dog in the manger' with these. They are available to all Australian pension card holders, regardless of which State they live in.

GREAT to see a public service that's actually providing a public service!!
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NSW Parks & Wildlife Service web page is here:

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/

Application for exemptions is here:

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/...xemption-cards
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But for those among us who are only members of SOFA (aka Seniors' Card holders), I don't see an exemption.
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^ No. Only a discount for NSW resident members of SOFA who are Seniors Card holders only ... .

I'm a retired CPA, so arranged our affairs over a period of about 20 years so that we would eventually qualify for a part pension. It's quite amazing how much difference this will make to our financial position over another 20 years after retirement. Instead of becoming totally dependent on the government by our mid-70s, we should remain partially independent, even if we both live into our late 90s. Bloody unlikely in my case, but who knows?

Not only does it help us financially, it ultimately benefits the government (i.e. the community at large ... ) because it will save the government money in the long term. They pay out a bit now in order to make a saving on future liabilities. A win:win situation. Nett present value of the government's payments to us is less than the nett present value of what they would otherwise have been.
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