Dedication of the Queens Lake 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 Queens Lake State Conservation Area was reserved on 1 July 2003.
Queens Lake Nature Reserves is spread over 1423 hectares, and Queens Lake State Conservation Area is 1026 hectares in size. The parks are relatively long and narrow, and stretch about 12 kilometres from north to south in several disjunct sections. The northern extremity of these parks is about 14 kilometres south of Port Macquarie. The southern-most section borders the village of North Haven.
The parks have been managed according to principles outlined in the statement of management intent (SMI) for each park. However, SMIs are not statutory documents and a draft plan of management has been prepared in accordance with the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act).This draft plan has replaced the statements of management intent for the Queens Lake Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area.
Public consultation for this document closed 9 April 2018. All submissions made to the public exhibition of the draft plan for these two areas will be reviewed, a submissions report prepared and necessary changes made 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 submissions and a submissions report.
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 NPW 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.
For further information on the draft plan of management email the Planning Evaluation and Assessment Team: firstname.lastname@example.org