The land additions at Seal Rocks and three smaller property additions are located on the coastal and lake systems of the Myall Lakes National Park, approximately 200km north of Newcastle. Myall Lakes National Park was first gazetted in 1972 and with subsequent additions the reserve now covers an area of 47,493 hectares.
The Seal Rocks additions referred to in this amendment are to mean low water mark and cover an area of 308 hectares in the north east portion of Myall Lakes National Park. This area was gazetted in March 2003.
Elsewhere around the park the three small adjoining properties of “Shadwell Park”, “Eurobin Park” and “Mayers Point” were acquired as additions to Myall Lakes National Park. Prior to their addition to the park, the three properties were used as residential properties by people living and working in the local area.
New management issues have emerged with the acquisitions, particularly in relation to the management of the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse and the future commercial use of the lighthouse cottages and other dwellings within the planning area. Further issues that require management policies and actions are beach access, recreation management and conservation of natural and cultural heritage values. The additions at Seal Rocks also include examples of littoral rainforest, which is listed as an endangered ecological community under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The appropriate management of these issues requires additional policies and actions.
This amendment should be read in conjunction with the Myall Lakes National Park, Little Broughton Island and Stormpetrel Island Nature Reserves Plan of Management (2002).