National Parks Establishment Plan
The NSW Government is committed to building a fully comprehensive, adequate and representative public reserve system and increasing the community’s opportunities to experience nature-based recreation in a more diverse range of environments across the State.
This National Parks Establishment Plan identifies priorities for building the NPWS terrestrial reserve system in each biogeographic region of NSW over 10 years. It recognises that this will be part of a longer term mission that may take up to 50 years to achieve.
The plan outlines the following future directions for building the public reserve system over this decade:
- targeting as yet unprotected environments, with the establishment of new reserves in many parts of far western and central western NSW, where reservation currently protects less than 5% of the landscape
- creating more robust and viable reserves through a building-up of existing reserves on the western slopes and tablelands
- improving boundary related management efficiencies through the fine-tuning of reserve boundaries along the coast and coastal ranges, where nearly 30% of the landscape is presently protected.
So for details on achievements to date in building the public reserve system, what else needs to be done, and where effort will be directed over the next decade, read on ...
NSW National Parks Establishment Plan 2008 (0852npestplan.pdf; 1630KB)
Page last updated: 02 April 2012