Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve: draft plan of management

Public exhibition for this document was from 25 October 2013 to 23 January 2014. Public consultation for this document has ended.

The Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve covers over 3000 hectares and is located on the western edge of the Blue Mountains, around 20 kilometres south east of Oberon.
The reserve includes the internationally renowned Jenolan Caves, one of the premier tourism attractions in New South Wales, receiving more than 200,000 visitors annually. Other features of the state heritage-listed reserve include Jenolan Caves House and significant natural values that form part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
The draft plan of management provides guidance on conserving the natural and cultural values of the park, providing enriching and memorable experiences for all visitors and developing partnerships with the community and corporate sectors.
The draft plan identifies:

  • Visitor Use and Services Zone – a 50 hectare area that is the focus of both above and below ground tourism assets, including all accommodation facilities and cave operations. This zone is managed to support sustainable visitation.
  • Conservation Management Zone – occupying over 98 per cent of the reserve. This will be managed primarily for the conservation of natural and cultural values, and provide for compatible nature-based recreation opportunities such as bushwalking.

The current draft plan builds on a previously exhibited draft plan, incorporating up-to-date information on the natural and cultural values of the reserve, fire management plans, the draft conservation management plan, policies and guidance on managing karst environments, and taking account of strategic planning for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The draft plan also incorporates additional lands that have been included in the reserve.

In early 2013 the NSW Government publicly advertised for expressions of interest (EOI) to provide visitor facilities and uses in the Visitor Use and Services Zone.
The EOI process concluded in July 2013 and shortlisted respondents have been invited to submit a full proposal for detailed consideration. The draft plan of management will inform respondents in preparing their full proposals.

Documents to download

Q and A for the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve draft plan of management
File name: JenolandraftPOMQA.pdf
File size: 82 KB
Pages: 3

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve Draft Conservation Management Plan Vol.1 Report
File name: 090046JenolanDrCMPv1.pdf
File size: 6.95 MB
Pages: 156

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve Draft Conservation Management Plan Vol.2: Inventory forms
File name: 090075JenolanDrCMPv2.pdf
File size: 32.07 MB
Pages: 970

Public consultation

Public exhibition for this document was from 25 October 2013 to 23 January 2014.

Public consultation for this document has ended.

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