Fees for Tidbinbilla

To: Canberra Birds <>, Ian Hodgson <>
Subject: Fees for Tidbinbilla
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 18:27:15 -0700 (PDT)
--- On Mon, 6/29/09, Ian Hodgson <> wrote:
> While it would be wonderful if Tidbinbilla entry was free, as
> with the National Botanic Gardens, though it's not national
> in the same sense as the gardens, I don't think $20 is
> unreasonable for an annual fee.

I agree that $20 is very reasonable as an annual fee, but it makes the single 
entry fee for tourists steep in comparison - especially when there is currently 
no fee at all.  It should be noted that while the Botanic Gardens are "free" 
you have to pay for parking which I'm sure helps to defray the costs somewhat.  
Right now with the fire damage to Tidbinbilla, the Botanic Gardens represent 
far better value for money.

> I wouldn't bother with $10 for a once off visit - just
> buy the annual ticket and make sure to go again. It's a
> lovely place, and really not far.


> It's worth noting that the NGA, for example, charges locals
> more for membership on the grounds that they use it more
> than interstate visitors.

Pardon my ignorance but what's the NGA?

> How long will it be before we start to get demands for
> reimbursement before anyone will do anything? And how will
> we dispense the grant if we do apply for it successfully. Or
> will it be just more time consuming grant writing with
> little or no chance of success? Maybe I'm being unfair to
> the vast bulk of volunteers, but it does seem to me to
> change the notion of volunteering somewhat.
I can see your point Ian, but isn't the intention of the grant system to assist 
no-for-profit organisations in their operations by funding some of the costs?  
Hopefully it won't automatically lead to people expecting to have their costs 
reimbursed as a volunteer.



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