ACP fee hike gripe

THE Alpine Community Plantation (ACP) fee structure has been called into question once again, after a community group was expected to pay well over $20,000 to use the facility.

North East Car Club (NECC) committee member Peter Whitten said the club approached ACP in the hope events could be reintroduced into the local pine plantations.

Mr Whitten said NECC hadn’t run a rally in the Alpine Shire since 2001, after the State Government stopped managing the land, and the club was hoping to work with ACP to bring the event back into the area.

“The North East Car Club has been running for over 60 years, we are a group of volunteers who run rallies and we used to hold four or five rallies a year at Merriang,” he said.

“We haven’t had events in the pine forest for the past 13 years, and when we heard about ACP managing the pine forest we thought it would be great to try and bring the events back.”

According to Mr Whitten, a meeting was held with ACP manager Georgina Curtis, about the possibility of running a small rally and the fee structure which was put to the club was simply too high to be viable.

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