Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management

The Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management is now available for review and comment.

Public exhibition of the draft plan provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve.

Questions and answers

What is a plan of management?

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.

Why is a plan being prepared now?

This plan of management will replace the statement of management intent which was approved in June 2014. Statements of management intent are non-statutory documents which summarise the key values and management directions for a park.

Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve contains two threatened ecological communities and provides habitat for several vulnerable and endangered bird species. Prior to drainage works, it is thought that the lagoon was the largest freshwater wetland on the Tablelands.

What opportunities will the community have to comment?

The draft plan of management is on public exhibition until 18 June 2018 and anyone can review the plan and provide comments.

When will the plan of management be finalised?

At the end of the public exhibition period in June 2018, NPWS will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the draft plan. The Northern Tablelands Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council will then review the plan along with the submissions and report, as required by the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Once their input has been considered and any further changes made to the plan, we provide the plan to the Minister for the Environment. The plan of management is finalised when the Minister formally adopts the plan under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Once a plan is adopted, it is published on the NPWS website and a public notice is advertised in the NSW Government Gazette.

How can I get more information about the draft plan?

For further information on the plan of management, please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team on 02 9585 6595.

Where can I see a printed copy of the draft plan?

Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • NPWS Northern Inland Branch Office (87 Faulkner St, Armidale NSW)
  • Armidale Regional Council (158 Bradley St, Guyra NSW)
  • OEH Customer Centre (Level 14, 59–61 Goulburn Street, Sydney).

How can I comment on the draft plan?

Public exhibition for the plan is from 16 March 2018 to 18 June 2018. You are invited to comment on the draft plan by sending a written submission during this time.

Your submission is part of the process of making this draft plan final. At the close of the public exhibition period, we consider all submissions and prepare a submissions report. Note that multiple submissions received by the same author will be counted as a single submission.

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want for park management. Below are some suggestions to help you write your submission:

  • Write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you.
  • Note which part or section of the plan your comments relate to.
  • Give reasoning in support of your points — this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us consider your ideas.
  • If you agree or support a particular part or idea in the plan, please tell us.
  • If you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.
  • It is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

Your privacy

Your submission will be provided to a number of statutory advisory bodies as outlined above. Your comments on the draft plan may include ‘personal information’. Office of Environment and Heritage complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For details see OEH and your privacy. Information that in some way identifies you may be gathered when you use our website or send us an email.

Your submission, in whole or part, or as part of a summary, may be made publicly available on our website. If you object to such publication, please indicate that on your submission. Should an access application under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 be received that requests access to your submission, your views about release will be sought, if you have indicated that you object to it being made public.

Make your submission

You can provide your written submission in any of the following ways:


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By mail
Post your written submission to:
Manager Planning Evaluation and Assessment
PO Box 95
Parramatta NSW 2124

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By email
Email your submission to:

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Make a submission online by using the online form below:

Public consultation

Public exhibition for this document was from 16 March 2018 to 18 June 2018.

Public consultation for this document has ended.

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

Page last updated: 19 March 2018