Draft National Parks System Directions Statement: Public consultation

The Draft National Parks System Directions Statement was released for review and comment until 15 December 2017. The consultation period has now closed.

What is the Directions Statement?

White sands walk, Greenfields Beach, Jervis Bay National ParkEvery year, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) acquires land for our national parks by purchasing private land, public land transfers, donations and bequests. The draft NSW National Parks System Directions Statement explains how and why new parks will be established and outlines our targets and conservation priorities for acquiring new land and enhancing the parks system.

The draft NSW National Parks System Directions Statement is a revision of the Directions Statement for National Park Establishment, publicly exhibited in early 2015, and addresses comments received from the public at that time. It will complement the Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy, which outlines an approach for encouraging biodiversity conservation on private land and is also on public exhibition. Together the 2 documents represent a strategy for establishing an integrated protected area network across New South Wales.

The draft NSW National Parks System Directions Statement was on public exhibition for review and comment until 5pm 15 December 2017.

When will the Directions Statement be finalised?

Once public submissions have been considered and any further changes made to the Directions Statement, it will be provided to the Minister for the Environment for approval. Once approved, the document will be available on this website.