The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service works with the community to discuss and agree upon solutions, and to develop plans of management for hundreds of national parks and reserves across New South Wales.
These public consultations can involve:
- park management planning, including management of pests and fire (‘whole of landscape’/‘nil tenure’ planning)
- policy development and project management
- regional advisory committees.
Community engagement leads to better decisions for our national parks and reserves because it helps us take into account the various interests, values, needs and perspectives of the people our decisions affect.
Participatory decision-making also creates a culture of shared responsibility, encouraging people to protect and conserve the environment and cultural heritage of New South Wales.