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Question On Notice No. 1958 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 March 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

(1) During the most recent 48-month period for which figures are available to the Minister, what expenditures have been incurred on upgrading and refurbishing Credo Station within the Rowles Lagoon catchment?
(2) During the same four year period, what was the average daily number of persons staying at Credo Station in each of the four years?
(3) During the same four year period, what was the gross revenue generated by Credo Station in each of the 48 calendar months?
(4) What is the nightly charge per visitor at Credo Station, and if the charge varies for different categories of persons, what is the full range of charges?
(5) Has the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) discouraged or prevented mining companies from paying for accommodation of individuals at Credo Station?
(6) Has the DBCA justified the discouragement or prevention of mining companies from paying for accommodation at Credo Station by asserting that physical presence of exploration equipment, vehicles, caravans and the daily activities of mining personnel may impact negatively on the experience of recreational users?
(7) Will the Minister intervene to ensure that any mining company is able to pay for accommodation at Credo Station?

Answered on 10 April 2019

(1)     The expenditure incurred on upgrading and refurbishing Credo Station in the most recent 48 months, was $213,910.

 

(2)     The average daily number of persons staying at Credo Station in each of the four years, was:

 

 

Average persons

/day

2015/16

3

2016/17

3

2017/18

4

2018/19

3

 

(3)     The gross revenue generated by Credo Station in each of the 48 calendar months was:

 

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

January

 

$0

$48

$124

$187

February

 

$3709

$843

$595

$109

March

 

$329

$273

$366

$3172

April

$411

$1002

$752

$1651

 

May

$254

$500

$1668

$51

 

June

$1426

$54

$642

$193

 

July

$0

$702

$494

$1003

 

August

$873

$0

$894

$1935

 

September

$728

$2273

$952

$1670

 

October

$5010

$802

$1300

$855

 

November

$227

$331

$785

$1979

 

December

$350

$377

$3540

$0

 

 

(4)     The nightly charge per visitor across the different categories is:

 

Camping with basic facilities:

Adult: $8.00 per person per night.

Concession: $6.00 per person per night.

Child (5-15): $3.00 per person per night.

 

Camping with facilities/Use of Shearer’s Quarters:

Adult: $11.00 per person per night.

Concession: $7.00 per person per night.

Child (5-15): $3.00 per person per night.

 

Lodge:

Adult: $30.00 per person per night.

Concession: $20.00 per person per night.

Child (5-15): $10.00 per person per night.

 

Exclusive site booking:

$300 per night.

 

Exclusive site with function room:

$400 per night.

 

Function room only:

$100 per day.

 

(5)      The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has not supported a request from a mining and exploration company on two occasions in December 2017 and May 2018. At the time, DBCA was of the view that making the facility available to mining and exploration companies would overload the infrastructure and the volunteer caretakers and discourage tourists.

 

(6)     Yes.

 

(7)     DBCA will consider requests for non-tourism related accommodation at Credo Station on a case-by-case basis, noting there is fit for purpose accommodation available for the mining sector at Ora Banda townsite to the east of Credo.