The Depart of Sustainability and Environment as currently reviewing their fee structure for commercial operators of crown land that includes personal trainers and other fitness operators.
Currently local councils administer parks and foreshore reserve on behalf of the DSE with the existing fee structure being overlaid with the relevant council’s general fee structure for the use of open space.
While the review is geared towards the sustainability of public land, the new system is to reduce the administration of the licensing process and stimulate operator performance.
This is all about to change next year as the DSE look towards having a consistent fee structure imposed across all parks, state forests and foreshore reserves across Victoria. Fortunately the fee is based on the administration expenses incurred in the implementation and management of crown land rather than not adding additional fees that are not aligned with the income generation capacities of the end users.