The existing plan of management for Arakoon National Park dates back to 1987, when the park was still a state recreation area. The plan of management for Hat Head National Park dates back to 1998. A lot has changed since these plans were prepared, and new plans are needed.
Accommodating visitors and protecting the environment is challenging. Sound planning is essential to meet increasing demand and to improve visitor facilities to maximise opportunities and minimise impacts. The development of a new plan of management will help to protect the parks' unique values and improve the effectiveness of how we manage the parks.
What is a plan of management?
Parks established under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 are required to have a plan of management. The plan includes information on important park values and provides directions for future management.
Plans of management undergo a statutory development process that includes a review of all public submissions by the relevant Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council before adoption by the Minister for the Environment.
The plan of management is a legal document and, after the plan is adopted, all operations and activities in the parks must be in line with the plan.
Why is a plan of management important?
An up-to-date, clearly articulated plan of management is an important tool for managing a park. It identifies the important values of the park, the objectives for management and what we will do to meet those objectives. The plan of management is an essential tool for park managers, but it also provides important information to park visitors, neighbours and other stakeholders about how the park is being managed and why.
What opportunities will the community have to contribute to the development of a new plan of management?
Pre-draft community consultation is designed to generate discussion in the community about some important issues for the management of the parks. It is only through public involvement that the Department can hear a diversity of views and ensure that the future direction of the park reflects the perspectives and aspirations of the people it is held in trust for.
There are 2 opportunities to be involved in the development of the plan of management for Arakoon and Hat Head national parks:
- During the development of the draft plan - register your interest below to receive updates and be notified of further consultation dates. Complete the form to provide your ideas on what you believe are the most important values of the parks and how they should be managed in the future. Your input will be used to draft a plan that reflects community values and preferences.
- During public exhibition of the draft plan - there will be another opportunity to have your say when the draft plan of management is completed and put on public exhibition. Anyone can submit comments on the draft plan during this time.