Arguments for and against the NPWS' policy
- it protects the land and wildlife from people who may unknowingly cause harm;
- takes into account cultural considerations, eg on Aboriginal heritage sites, which may otherwise be ignored;
- charges levied recognise the financial cost of conserving, maintaining and managing these resources;
- if photographers or film-makers are making profit from the area, they should contribute more to the upkeep
- the policy includes beaches, a popular spot for wedding photography ? so, if you hire a photographer for the day, a licence is required, but if your best friend takes the same photos, they're free. Does that make sense?
- our taxes and entry fees to parks already pay for the upkeep of the land;
- you can't 'own' a view, especially on public land; it's supposed to belong to everybody;
- it's just more bureaucratic red tape and revenue-raising by Government agencies.