Nature conservation

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Shaws Creek Conservation Program

Public exhibition for this document was from 24 April 2017 to 2 June 2017. Public consultation for this document has ended.

Shaws Creek is located in the northern section of Yellomundee Regional Park eight kilometres north west of Penrith in the Sydney Basin and includes the Shaws Farm area. The Yellomundee Regional Park Plan of Management, adopted in 2009, highlighted the importance of Shaws Farm.

Draft conservation management plan

In 2014 a large part of the Shaws Farm area was gazetted as ‘Shaws Creek Aboriginal Place’ under s.84 National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, in recognition of the significance of the area to Aboriginal people.

The Shaws Creek Draft Conservation Management Plan (PDF 1.6MB) was subsequently prepared in 2016 by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in consultation with key stakeholders to provide direction for future management of the Aboriginal Place. This plan will ensure the cultural values are protected and, by bringing people back to Country, the value of the area will continue to grow.

Draft review of environmental factors

The Shaws Creek Draft Review of Environmental Factors - Conservation and Visitor Facilities Improvement Program (PDF 3.9MB) seeks to address the degradation of both the natural and cultural values caused by the areas increasing use through the implementation of a works program that has been developed with both the Aboriginal and recreational community. The aim is to undertake a works program with clear limits and safeguards in place to protect the Aboriginal cultural significance of the area.

Shaw's Creek is also a popular site for mountain biking. Mountain bike facilities have been developed in the area for over 15 years. Regular mountain bike events are run at the Shaws Creek by the Western Sydney Mountain Bike Club who have a keen interest in maintaining and developing the facility. The increasing popularity of the site for both its recreational and cultural values has created pressure on the area's natural and cultural assets.

Purpose of the conservation program

The conservation management plan and review of environmental factors together will ensure the protection of and increase in the cultural value of the area, while continuing its use for recreational purposes, such as mountain biking.

Page last updated: 03 October 2017