Plans to charge visitors entry to Newcastle Museum and Newcastle Art Gallery

VISITORS to Newcastle Museum and Newcastle Art Gallery will be slugged with a $5 entry fee under plans being floated by Newcastle City Council.

Councillors agreed last week to put the plan for new fees and charges for council services on public exhibition for four weeks.

The plans include modest price rises for a large range of council services, including hall hire, photocopying, childcare, cemetery burials and parking permits.

Notably, personal trainers using parks or beaches across Newcastle will be up for an extra $50 per quarter, bumping up their licence fees from $1600 a year to $1800.

The hospitality industry will also be hit, with food shop inspection fees to rise up to 20 per cent.

Those using the council's waste management services will face new minimum charges for dumping concrete, wood and asphalt.

Greens councillor Michael Osborne called on the council to be more consultative with the community. He said the council had a recent history of presenting one option to the community and telling them to take it or leave it.

Liberal councillor Lisa Tierney said she was supportive of the council continuing to reduce its deficit through the proposed fee increases.

"If we become shy all our hard work will go out the window," she said.

The draft fees and charges documents are on public exhibition until June 4.


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