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Queens Lake Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management

The Queens Lake Nature Reserve and Queens Lake State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management submissions closed 9 April 2018.

Public exhibition of the draft plan provided an opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Queens Lake Nature Reserve and Queens Lake State Conservation.

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?

Dedication of the nature reserve occurred in stages, with the first sections reserved on 1 January 1999 and additions reserved in March 1999 (North Haven 1), March 2002 (North Haven 2), July 2003 and July 2006 (Waterloo Creek plantation site). The state conservation area was reserved on 1 July 2003.

The parks have been managed according to the principles outlined in the Statement of Management Intent (SMI) for each park. The SMI is not a statutory document however, and a draft plan of management has been prepared in accordance with the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Publication of a draft or final plan will replace the statements of management intent for the Queens Lake Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area. Plans of management are legal documents, explaining how a park will be managed. After public consultation, draft plans are adopted by the Environment Minister.

When will the plan of management be finalised?

At the end of public exhibition in April 2018, National Parks and Wildlife Service will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the draft plan. The Lower North Coast 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 National Parks and Wildlife Service 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 National Parks and Wildlife Service Park Management Planning Team on 0427 867 699.

Public consultation

Public exhibition for this document was from 8 December 2017 to 9 April 2018.

Public consultation for this document has ended.

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Page last updated: 10 April 2018