Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

'Resort Roundup' - Issue 18, April 2004

The Resorts Section team, in consultation with stakeholders, strive to provide professional services in the management of resort activities, while respecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and cultural values of Kosciuszko National Park. Since our last Resort Round-up (No. 17, Spring 2003) the staff have been busy working on a wide range of issues and I am happy to provide you all with this quick update on the various activities. We are also in the process of reviewing the format and effectiveness of this newsletter and seek your comments. Attached to this edition you will find a Resort Round-up survey which I strongly encourage you to complete, so the Resort Section team can bring to you the information you would like to read.

  • The Resorts Section maintains several contact databases for communicating with lessees on separate issues such as leasing, accounts, food safety, EMS, winter operations etc. We would like to commence an annual update of these databases using the Annual Contact Details Update form. Please take some time to fill out this sheet as it will help us update all our databases at the one time. The form allows you to nominate different contacts for different issues.
  • Several changes have occurred within our organisation over the past few months, after being amalgamated with the former Environment Protection Authority, Resource NSW and Botanic Gardens Trust to create the new Department of Environment and Conservation. The Resorts Section sits with the Parks and Wildlife Division of the new department. However, we will still be known as the NPWS and our logo will remain the same.
  • Three Resorts Section staff attended La Trobe University's Alpine Ecology Course in the Victorian Alps in January to increase their knowledge of alpine ecology.
  • Significant progress has been made over the last couple of months in developing environmental management documentation for the Perisher Sewage Treatment Plant, including an incident management plan.
  • At the Perisher NPWS building there has been the construction of equipment to trial rainwater and snowmelt collection and obtain important data for water reuse within the resort, to reduce the pressure on existing water supplies.
  • The Review of Environmental Factors of the Emergency Helipad in Perisher Valley went on public exhibition throughout February and March. Construction has been approved and NPWS expects to complete the construction of this new emergency helipad before Winter 2004 on the knoll to the south of the Catholic Church.
  • Concreting of sections of in-resort roads at Guthega and Smiggin Holes (Snow Bunny Road) are nearing completion.
  • The Resorts Section has recently joined with other NPWS sections to commence Introducing Kosciuszko National Park. This is a series of days aimed at increasing staff knowledge about the park's values, issues and management staff. It is envisaged that this program would be expanded in the future for organisations external to NPWS.
  • The Australian Network for Plant Conservation, the Australian Alps national parks, and Transgrid are hosting a workshop on Approaches and Techniques used in Ecological Restoration within Mountain Environments 28-30 April. For further information please contact Virginia Logan 02 6450 5539.
  • On Sunday 7 March, Clean-up Australia Day, 18 NPWS staff spent some time cleaning up the Main Range. Three teams were assembled to focus on the walkway from Thredbo to Mt Kosciuszko, the Summit Road from Charlotte Pass to Rawson Pass, and the Lakes Walk from Rawson Pass to Charlotte Pass (including Lake Albina and Blue Lake). At the end of the day, 8.5 bags were collected and a further two bags were collected from the cross-country ski trails at Perisher by the Canberra Cross-country Association. It should not be overlooked that Thredbo Village held a clean-up day the week prior and the annual Perisher Clean-up Day was held on 25 November last year. To all and sundry who have contributed in the past and will so in the future... thank you.
  • In preparation for the 2004 snow season, the Perisher NPWS building will have some new interpretation boards, audio-visual and fresh photographs on display.
  • A new program focusing on being 'water-wise' within resorts will commence this winter season. Water-wise looks at the key issues affecting water management in resort areas including water consumption, foreign objects down the sink, drain and toilet. This program will develop material to specifically target the day and overnight visitor.
  • Water quality monitoring continued this autumn. The Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology spent two days wading in four creeks within the Perisher Range, collecting water and macroinvertebrate samples to assess the environmental health of the water. Results thus far are positive.
  • The Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Kosciuszko National Park) Regulation 2003 commenced on 24 November 2003. This new regulation operates under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act 1997. This regulation declares the NPWS to be the Appropriate Regulatory Authority within Kosciuszko National Park, similar to the powers local government bodies have. Information was provided recently to all resort operators advising them of the changes and their responsibilities. The regulation empowers certified officers of the NPWS to be able to issue:

     

    • on-the-spot fines up to $5000 for a range of environmental offences (eg. littering, spillages, and illegal dumping)
    • clean up notices (such as in the event of a pollution incident)
    • prevention notices (where an activity is carried out in an environmentally unsatisfactory manner)
    • compliance cost notices (for recovery of the Service's costs associated with clean up and prevention notices)
    • noise control notices.
  • Furthermore, the new Food Regulation 2004 operating under the Food Act 2003 commenced on 23 February 2004. The regulation recognises NPWS as the enforcement agency in Kosciuszko National Park, giving NPWS similar responsibilities to local government bodies in regards to the management of food premises within Kosciuszko.
  • The Draft Plan of Management for Kosciuszko National Park is in its final editorial stages and is expected to be on public exhibition early in May. The plan represents a significant body of work by many people in the local community, NSW and Australia who share a common appreciation for this special national park. I encourage everyone to provide feedback during the three-month public exhibition period on the draft and hope that people look to the future and continue to value the protection, maintenance and management of Kosciuszko National Park.

Simon Lyas, A/Resorts Manager

Stop Press: We are finalists in Category 3 of the 2004 Banksia Environmental Awards, 'Government leading by example for a sustainable future'. More next edition!

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