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Coolbaggie Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management

The Coolbaggie Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management (PDF 1MB) is now available for review and comment.

Public exhibition of the draft plan provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Coolbaggie Nature Reserve. Submissions close 27 November 2017.

Coolbaggie Nature Reserve is managed to conserve the Mallee habitats and the animals that live there, keeping intervention to a minimum. The Nature Reserve contains a disjunct population of congoo mallee. It was originally declared to conserve a malleefowl population, in conjunction with the much larger area of Goonoo State Forest.

Coolbaggie Nature Reserve also supports communities of narrow leafed ironbark and white cypress on poor sandy soils and black cypress on silt stones. Congoo mallee and green mallee predominate in the mallee areas. Pilliga grey box, which has a geographically restricted distribution, is also present in a small area. Three bird species are recorded at their north eastern limit:

  • the endangered Gilbert's whistler
  • the yellow rumped pardalote
  • the yellow tailed honey eater.

Questions and answers

What is a plan of management?

Parks and reserves established under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 need to have a plan of management. The plan includes information on important park values and provides directions for future management. The plan of management is a legal document, and after the plan is adopted all operations and activities in the park must be in line with the plan.

Why is a plan being prepared now?

Since this reserve's creation in 1963 it has been managed according to a Statement of Management Intent. After reservation and before the release of its plan of management, a statement of management intent is prepared outlining the management principles and priorities for the reserve's management. This statement briefly documents the key values, threats and management directions for the park. It is not a statutory document and a plan of management will still need to be prepared according to the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. Publication of a draft or final plan will replace the statement of management intent for the Coolbaggie Nature Reserve.

What opportunities will the community have to comment?

The draft plan of management is on public exhibition until 27 November 2017 and anyone can review the plan and provide comments.

How can I get more information about the draft plan?

For further information on the plan of management please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team on 0427 864 889.

Where can I see a printed copy of the draft plan?

Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service Coonabarabran Area Office, 30 Little Timor St, Coonabarabran
  • Macquarie Library(Dubbo), corner Macquarie and Talbragar Streets, Dubbo, NSW
  • Eumungerie Local Post Office, 27 Railway Street, Eumungerie, NSW
  • Office of Environment and Heritage Customer Centre (Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn St, Sydney)

How can I comment on the draft plan?

Public exhibition for the plan is from 25 August until 27 November 2017. You are invited to comment on the draft plan by sending a written submission during this time.

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want for park management. Some suggestions to help you write your submission are:

  • write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you.
  • note which part or section of the plan your comments relate to.
  • give reasoning in support of your points - this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us consider your ideas.
  • if you agree or support a particular part or idea in the plan, please tell us.
  • if you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.
  • it is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

You can provide your written submission in either of the following ways:

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Make a submission online by using the online form below

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By email
Email your submission to:

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By mail
Post your written submission to:
The Planner
Coolbaggie Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management
PO Box 552
Katoomba NSW 2780

Your privacy

Your submission will be provided to a number of statutory advisory bodies as outlined above. Your comments on the draft plan may include 'personal information'. Office of Environment and Heritage complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For details see the Office of Environment and Heritage privacy page.

Your submission, in whole or part, or as part of a summary, may be made publicly available on our website. If you object to such publication, please indicate that on your submission. Should an access application under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 be received that requests access to your submission, your views about release will be sought, if you have indicated that you object to it being made public.

When will the plan of management be finalised?

At the end of the public exhibition period in November 2017, NPWS will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the draft plan. The Northern Plains Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council will then review the plan along with the submissions and report, as required by the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Once their input has been considered and any further changes made to the plan we provide the plan to the Minister for the Environment. The plan of management is finalised when the Minister formally adopts the plan under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Once a plan is adopted it is published on the NPWS website and a public notice is advertised in the NSW Government Gazette.

Public consultation

Public exhibition for this document was from 25 August 2017 to 27 November 2017.

Public consultation for this document has ended.

The format and structure of this publication may have been adapted for web delivery.

Page last updated: 25 August 2017