Free Zoo Entry Commitment Delivered

Free Zoo Entry Commitment Delivered

Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith

Kids Can Now Visit The Zoo For FREE

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The Victorian Coalition Government is giving kids free entry to three of Victoria’s outstanding zoos, Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Zoo and Melbourne Zoo, as part of a $10.7 Million promise to subsidise zoo entry fees for an estimated 266,000 kids.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the free entry for kids subsidy will make it even more affordable for Victorian families to visit Victoria’s zoos. The subsidy will reduce the cost of a full priced child’s ticket from $12.6 to $0. A family ticket will be reduced from $58 to $50.80.

“As the school holidays approach families look for low-cost ways to entertain the kids and provide them with a unique and fun holiday experience.” Mr. Smith said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to easing cost-of-living pressures for Victorian families and is pleased to help out by making the zoo more accessible and affordable.” Mr. Smith said.

The initiative was welcomed by Paul Bird State Director for Mission Australia, who said it was important that the wonderful learning and discovery experiences at our zoos were accessible and available to all Victorians.

“Mission Australia applauds the government for this initiative as it will enable more families to enjoy the many experiences and wonders offered by Zoos Victoria.” Mr. Bird said.

The initiative will grant children under 16 years of age free entry to three of Victoria’s great zoos, Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Zoo and Melbourne Zoo, on weekends, Victorian public holidays and Victorian school holidays from 1 July 2011. Children under 15 years of age must always be accompanied by an adult (over 17) for safety considerations.

“The zoo is a fantastic place to take kids, encouraging them to appreciate and better understand wildlife conservation and environmental protection.” Mr. Smith said.

“Creating greater access for parents, carers, guardians and grandparents to take children to zoos by reducing the costs, is an outstanding outcome from the Coalition Government.”

The announcement fulfils a key election promise for the Victorian Government and will take effect from 1 July, in time for the winter school holidays.