New online permit makes it easier for fossickers to discover more NSW State forests

Fossickers will now be able to arrange an annual permit for small-scale recreational fossicking in all NSW State forests with the click of a mouse, thanks to a new online system introduced by Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Forestry Corporation of NSW's Recreation and Tourism Manager Louise Faulkner said the new system was introduced following community feedback.

"We want to make it easy for people to get out and experience everything our spectacular State forests have to offer and this single state-wide permit allows people to arrange a fossicking permit, access up-to-date maps and review fossicking guidelines all in one place," Ms Faulkner said.

"This replaces our system that allocated permits by region and will make it easier for people to visit and fossick in more State forests throughout NSW.

"We know fossicking is a popular group activity and our new permit has made provisions for families to visit forests together and fossick under a single permit."

Fossickers have welcomed the change.

"It's good to see that the Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) has responded to community concerns about the fossicking permits.  The new online system will certainly be much easier to use and will encourage fossickers to visit more State forests," said Stephen Dangaard, President of NSW & ACT Prospectors and Fossickers Association Inc (NAPFA).

"While there is an increase in the individual permit cost, the new group family arrangements mean that for families and couples the cost will be less overall, which is a very good thing."

An annual State-wide fossicking permit is $25 plus GST. Regional permits were previously $20 plus GST per region. Apply for a fossicking permit or find out more about visiting State forests.

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