Community engagement in national parks
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) engages community and stakeholders through various projects and programs including:
- park management planning, including management of pests and fire ('whole of landscape'/'nil tenure' planning)
- policy development and project management
- regional advisory committees.
We work with the community to discuss and agree upon solutions, and to develop plans of management for hundreds of national parks and reserves across NSW.
Community engagement leads to better decisions for our national parks and reserves because it helps us take into account the various interests, values, needs and perspectives of the people our decisions affect.
Participatory decision-making also creates a culture of shared responsibility, encouraging people to protect and conserve the environment and cultural heritage of NSW.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service Community and Stakeholder Procedural Guidelines (PDF 483KB) provides direction to staff on the way we engage with both internal and external stakeholders.
Page last updated: 16 December 2015