New state policy for Fraser fees and tour operator permits
A NEW policy for Fraser Island tourism operators will mean extended permits, fewer fees and incentives for businesses that perform above minimum environmental standards.
The island is one of five places listed as a priority to implement the Queensland Eco and Sustainable Tourism (QuEST) policy, released on Tuesday.
Permits will now last for 15 years, with renewal required every 10 years.
Fraser Roving owner John Hayes welcomed the extended leases and said it would allow for better planning and regularity for tourism operators.
Under the former policy, permits had to be renewed every three years.
Mr Hayes said he would not know the full effect of the new policy until the company's existing permits were up for renewal in November.
All existing permit allocations on the island will be reviewed as part of QuEST.
"Some allocations may need to be reduced to achieve desirable ecological, economic and social outcomes," the QuEST report said.
"New allocations within sustainable levels will be issued in commercial activity agreements."
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service commercial and visitor services director Anne Greentree said there were 11 active permits on Fraser Island.
"It is expected these will be reviewed over the coming 12 months," she said.
Permit fees will also be based on the number of passengers.
Visit nprsr.qld.gov.au to view the policy.