Have your say on the day-to-day management of three popular Sydney parks
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is asking for community feedback on a range of ideas that affect the way people can use and enjoy three of Sydney's most popular parks – Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area – into the future.
NPWS Executive Director Robert Quirk said the discussion papers address important issues that impact on practical day-to-day management of the three parks and present a range of ideas that will hopefully generate community discussion on how the park might be used and managed to improve public enjoyment and access.
"The discussion papers are themed into six topics – recreational activities, protecting park values, mountain biking, visitor destinations, commercial activities and Aboriginal cultural heritage and landscapes - with each paper outlining a range of ideas," Mr Quirk said.
"Options proposed in the discussion papers range from new strategies for mountain biking, concepts for commercial and recreational activities such as expanding camping opportunities, to how we might work with Aboriginal people to protect cultural heritage and support Aboriginal people in connecting to Country.
"I encourage the community to have their say, as their ideas will help inform the preparation of a new plan of management that will guide actions for the protection of conservation values and the provision of sustainable visitation for these parks.
"The parks are some of the State's most popular, including Royal National Park which is Australia's first official national park, where visitors can enjoy a variety of natural landscapes from coastal heathland, grassy woodlands and rainforests as well as family-friendly recreational activities.
"With Sydney's population increasing and park visitor numbers expected to grow, especially in peak season, our vision for future planning is to strike a balance between safeguarding the historic, cultural and environmental elements whilst providing a quality visitor experience.
"The discussion papers will be available online for community feedback until the 28 August 2017. There will be another opportunity for the public to have their say when the draft plan of management is exhibited," Mr Quirk said.
You can read and submit comments on the discussion papers here: Planning for the future of Royal National Park: Have your say
If you would like to receive updates on the development of the new Plan of Management and other projects in Royal National Park register here: Royal National Park: Public consultation