New plan of management for local national parks

A new plan of management for Goolawah National Park, Goolawah Regional Park and Limeburners Creek National Park has been formally adopted, paving the way for sustainable recreational opportunities.

Aerial photo, Point Plomer campground, Limeburners Creek National Park

The plan enables the $1.65 million revitalisation of the Point Plomer Precinct. The popular campground has witnessed increasing visitation in recent years leading to a deterioration in the condition of the campground.

The revitalisation project will retain its laidback rustic style and improve campsites through drainage and levelling of sites, providing safer access roads, and a new campground/information office.

It will also enable increased day-use parking and visitor areas with new seating and picnic tables and better protection of cultural heritage.

The plan also allows for a permanent arrangement for dogwalkers at Crescent Head.

The new plan of management is about protecting the natural values of the parks, while allowing for some visitor enhancements.

It will protect Aboriginal cultural values and biodiversity including threatened, endangered and migratory bird and turtle species.

A total of 149 submissions were received during the public exhibition period and this feedback was considered when finalising the plan.

Find out more in the new plan of management.

Quotes attributable to NPWS Area Manager Shane Robinson

'We heard the concerns around dog-walking access and have replaced the temporary arrangement with a permanent solution.

'As a result NPWS and Kempsey Shire Council will collaborate to create a new walking track to the northern end of Goolawah Beach.

'The is will enable direct access to the council-managed part of the beach for dog-walking without having to enter the national park.

'The route will connect to council’s existing headland walk, providing panoramic views over the ocean, and can be constructed to suit most ages and fitness levels.

'To support delivery of this new track, an extension of the existing transitional dog-walking arrangements will continue until 30 June 2025.

'I’m pleased the new plan of management is now in place and that a constructive solution has been found for the dog-walking issue.'