Southern Richmond Range Parks Plan of Management

Incorporating Fortis Creek and Mount Pikapene National Parks; Banyabba, Chapmans Peak and Mount Neville Nature Reserves; and Banyabba, Corymbia, Gurranang, Kooyong, Lawrence Road, Mount Pikapene and Wombat Creek State Conservation Areas

The Southern Richmond Range Parks comprise 12 separate parks and reserves - Fortis Creek and Mount Pikapene National Parks; Banyabba, Chapmans Peak and Mount Neville Nature Reserves; and Banyabba, Corymbia, Gurranang, Kooyong, Lawrence Road, Mount Pikapene and Wombat Creek State Conservation Areas. They are located along or in the vicinity of the southern section of the Richmond Range in the hinterland of the NSW north coast. They were reserved between 1969 and 2007 and together protect 38,906 hectares.

Date
1 June 2016
Publisher
Office of Environment and Heritage
Type
Publication, Plan of management, Final
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 978-1-76039-363-2
  • ID OEH20160301
  • File PDF 2MB
  • Pages 64
  • Name southern-richmond-range-parks-plan-of-management-160301.pdf

These parks protect a wealth of plants and animals and form part of an extensive ecological corridor which provides important habitat for 20 threatened plants and 38 threatened animals. Mount Neville Nature Reserve is listed on the State Heritage Register due to its high conservation value old-growth forest. Most of Banyabba Nature Reserve and Fortis Creek National Park are declared wilderness.

The parks are part of a landscape of cultural importance to the Bundjalung peoples. They protect culturally important Aboriginal sites and places, including rock art shelters. Native title rights of the Bandjalang People over part of the parks have been legally recognised by the Federal Court. The remainder of the parks lie within the active native title claim of the Western Bundjalung People.

The plan of management contains a number of actions to protect our natural environment. These include strategies to assist the recovery of threatened species and communities, such as the implementation of relevant actions in the Saving our Species program, and to control pest species in accordance with the NPWS regional pest management strategy.

The plan of management also fosters partnerships with Aboriginal people. This plan of management advocates continuing consultation with the local Aboriginal land councils, Native Title claimants and other relevant Aboriginal organisations about management of the planning area.

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