TOURISM groups and couples tying the knot on Fraser Island will find it easier to get access to the island after major changes to the permit system were approved.
The changes are expected to save about $500,000 a year due to reduced administration costs.
“Commercial tour operators now need just one permit which covers all areas, including marine parks, where previously separate permits would have been required for protected areas managed under separate pieces of legislation,” National Parks minister Steve Dickson said.
Couples who choose to get married on the island will also now only have to enter a booking, rather than complete the much-larger group activity permit.
School trips and recreational events will also be able to use a booking system instead of permits.
Filmmakers will also have reduced permit requirements on the island.
The changes will also impact Tuan State Forest and Poona National Park.
From the Sunshine Coast Daily