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Proposed horse riding in wilderness amendments to plans of management for Far South Coast Escarpment Parks, Kosciuszko National Park and Mummel Gulf National Park and State Conservation Area

The Proposed Horse Riding in Wilderness Amendments to Plans of Management for Far South Coast Escarpment Parks, Kosciuszko National Park and Mummel Gulf National Park and State Conservation Area are now available for review and comment.

The exhibition of the proposed amendments provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of these parks.

What is a plan of management amendment?

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. From time to time, plans of management are amended to support changes to park management.

Why are the amendments proposed?

The plans of management for Far South Coast Escarpment Parks, Kosciuszko National Park and Mummel Gulf National Park and State Conservation Area were previously amended in 2014 to enable a two-year trial of horse riding in wilderness areas. The trial finished in April 2016 and horse riding in these locations is no longer authorised.

Initial monitoring results indicate there has been low usage and low environmental risks. It is now proposed to amend the plans of management to allow horse riding to continue in the same wilderness locations until 31 December 2017, while the full evaluation of the trial is undertaken. 

Where will horse riding in wilderness occur?

Horse riding will be allowed on the same tracks and trails that were part of the pilot program between April 2014 and April 2016.  These are:

  • Kosciuszko National Park – 31.9 km of trail in wilderness
  • Deua and Monga National Parks – 39.1 km of trail in wilderness, and 18.4 km not in wilderness
  • Mummel Gulf National Park – 11.5 km of trail in wilderness.

What did the monitoring results of the pilot show?

Monitoring data from the two year trial is available on the OEH Wilderness horse riding trial webpage. The monitoring outcomes will be evaluated once final data has been collected for each trial location.

Summaries of initial findings from the monitoring program have been prepared:

What opportunities will the community have to comment?

The proposed amendments are on public exhibition until 31 October 2016 and anyone can review the amendments and provide comments.

When will the plan of management amendments be finalised?

At the end of the public exhibition period in October 2016, all submissions will be comprehensively reviewed and input sought from the relevant Regional Advisory Committees and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, as required by the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Once this input has been received, a final plan will be considered for adoption by the Minister for the Environment.

How can I get more information about the proposed amendments?

For further information on the proposed amendments, email the NPWS Park Management Planning Team at npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Where can I view a hard copy of the proposed amendments?

Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations during business hours:

  • NPWS Narooma Office (Corner of Graham and Burrawang Streets, Narooma)
  • NPWS Jindabyne Office (Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne)
  • NPWS Tumut Office (The Old Butter Factory, 7A Adelong Road, Tumut
  • NPWS Walcha Office (188W North Street, Walcha)
  • OEH Customer Centre (Level 14, 59–61 Goulburn Street, Sydney).

Public consultation

Public exhibition for this document was from 16 September 2016 to 31 October 2016.

Public consultation for this document has ended.

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

Page last updated: 31 October 2016