A new plan for Barunguba Montague Island Nature Reserve

A new plan of management has been drafted for the south coast's iconic Barunguba Montague Island, and the community are invited to have their say on how the nature reserve should be cared for into the future.

Barunguba Montague Island Nature Reserve: lighthouse and silver seagull inflight (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)

Jo Issaverdis from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said increasing recognition of the island's significant biodiversity and cultural values means it is time to revisit how it should be protected for future generations.

"The draft plan of management is now on public exhibition, and we encourage the community to take the time to review the plan and provide feedback on the way forward," Ms Issaverdis said.

"The draft plan reflects the need to ensure the island's natural and cultural heritage values are protected, while continuing to foster people's enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of the nature reserve.

"The bird and marine life at Barunguba Montague Island, overlooked by the iconic lighthouse, is truly one-of-a kind.

"The island is an important refuge and breeding ground for increasing populations of the threatened Gould's petrel and other seabirds including little penguins and shearwaters.

"The reserve has also recently been dual named to recognise the significance of the island to Yuin People and their continuing connection to Country," Ms Issaverdis said.

NPWS is hosting a series of information sessions where staff will be available to answer questions, explain aspects of the draft plan and advise how best to provide feedback.

The sessions will be held in Narooma over the coming weeks and details can be found here: Barunguba Montague Island Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management.

People can also read the draft plan of management for Barunguba Montague Island Nature Reserve and make submissions online, or view a hard copy at the Narooma Library. Submissions close Monday 20 November 2023.

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