Late on Friday afternoon, November 5th, I got an email from Sasha Sarago, the Indigenous Tourism Officer for Parks Victoria, telling me the following:
PHOTOGRAPHY IN NATIONAL PARKS
Since June this year Parks Victoria has conducted an independent review of its Annual Landscape Photography Licence System. The review is now complete and we confirm that Parks Victoria will continue to issue its Annual Landscape Photography permits to photographers that require access to Parks Victoria managed areas for commercial purposes.
The review confirmed that under the National Parks Act (1975) a permit must be issued for any commercial activity undertaken within any park scheduled under the Act. This includes the activities of individuals or groups conducting photography for commercial publications.
A permit is required to ensure that photography activities are directed to the most suitable places and to minimise potential conflict with other licensees and with the experiences of other park visitors. A permit also ensures that activities are carried out with the appropriate risk management procedures and insurance cover, as deemed by the Victorian Government.
The Commercial Filming and Photography Policy has been in place for over 10 years. In 2001 Parks Victoria reviewed the policy and the process for allocating commercial filming and photography permits to ensure permits are allocated in a fair and equitable manner. This review was done in consultation with the Melbourne Film Office, Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and Australian Commercial and Magazine Photographers. The Parks Victoria Commercial Filming and Photography Permit process is recognised by these groups as industry best practice.
Would any of my blog followers like to comment on this before I fire back at Parks Victoria the “serve” that they well and truly need?