Some Sydney parks will be charging entrance fees to watch the fireworks this New Year’s Eve in a move that seems to suggest the eventual privatisation of most of the city, although as far as our research goes, Macquarie Bank aren’t getting any money directly from this, yet.
The decision to monetise the parks, including Clark Island, Shark Island, Nielsen Park, areas of the Botanic Gardens and Barangaroo, comes from the park managers, and is supported by park rangers and police. Residents and councillors, on the other hand, are not so happy at being charged up to $20 per person to stand in a park or sit on a patch of grass.
In other news it would seem that we’ll soon be charged to look at the Harbour Bridge. Drivers using it will automatically have the viewing fee of $6.50 deducted from their E-Tag.