Ben Boyd National Park and Bell Bird Creek Nature Reserve Draft Amendment to Plan of Management: Public Consultation

National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the draft plan of management amendment for Ben Boyd National Park and Bell Bird Creek Nature Reserve.

The Ben Boyd National Park and Bell Bird Creek Nature Reserve: Draft Amendment to Plan of Management – Light to Light Walk Improvements is available for review and comment until 26 August 2019.

Public exhibition of the draft plan amendment provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the management of Ben Boyd National Park.

What is a plan of management amendment?

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 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. From time to time plans of management are amended to support changes to park management.

Why is an amendment being prepared now?

The current plan of management was adopted in 2010 and is being amended to enable further improvements on the Light to Light Walk in Ben Boyd National Park, including improved visitor facilities.

In 2018 the NSW Government announced funding to significantly enhance visitor facilities and create iconic experiences, including new walking tracks, accommodation and tourism partnerships, in a number of national parks across the State. These projects are part of the National Parks Visitor Infrastructure program and aim to increase nature-based tourism in New South Wales, boost regional economies and improve community wellbeing. This project is state government funded and is described on our walking tracks and trails in national parks pages.

The Draft Light to Light Walk Strategy is also available for public comment. The strategy outlines the nature and design of the proposed improvements to the Light to Light Walk and identifies the assessment and approvals required to ensure compliance with the park's plan of management and relevant conservation management plans. Some of the improvements proposed in the strategy require an amendment to the plan of management.

The proposed amendment and the strategy enable development of park assets, including accommodation and associated facilities for walkers and new walking track alignments, that are expected to increase the range and number of visitors to the park. The draft amendment also proposes investigation and development of a new cultural camp supporting Traditional Owner involvement in enhanced visitor experiences and on-Country activities.

What opportunities will the community have to comment?

The draft plan of management amendment is on public exhibition until 26 August 2019 and anyone can review the plan of management amendment and provide comments.

When will the plan of management be finalised?

At the end of the public exhibition period, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the draft plan of management amendment. The South Coast Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council will then review the plan amendment 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 of management amendment, we provide the plan amendment to the Minister for the Environment. The plan of management amendment is finalised when the Minister formally adopts the plan amendment under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Once a plan amendment is adopted it is published on the NPWS website.

How can I get more information about the draft plan amendment?

For further information on the plan of management amendment please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team on 02 9585 6595.

Information sessions

Informal, walk-in open house sessions with NPWS staff between 3.00pm and 7.00pm.

  • Wednesday 31 July 2019 – Pambula Hall, Quondola Street, Pambula
  • Thursday 1 August 2019 – Eden RSL Memorial Hall, 84A Bass Street, Eden
  • Friday 2 August 2019 – Bega Showground Pavilion, East End of Upper Street, Bega

Where can I see a printed copy of the draft plan amendment?

Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service Merimbula Office, Corner Sapphire Coast Drive and Merimbula Drive, Merimbula
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service Narooma Office, 9 Burrawang Street, Narooma
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service Bombala Office, 153 Maybe Street, Bombala
  • Eden Gateway Visitor Information Centre, Corner Mitchell Street and Imlay Street, Eden
  • Sapphire Coast Visitor Information Centre, 4 Beach Street, Merimbula
  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Customer Centre, Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn St, Sydney

How can I comment on the draft plan amendment?

Public exhibition for the plan of management amendment is from 12 July until 26 August 2019. You are invited to comment on the draft plan amendment by sending a written submission during this time.

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want for park management. Some suggestions to help you write your submission are:

  • Write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you.
  • Note which part or section of the plan amendment your comments relate to.
  • Give reasoning in support of your points - this makes it easier for us to consider your ideas and will help avoid misinterpretation.
  • Tell us specifically what you agree/disagree with and why you agree/disagree.
  • Suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

Your privacy

Your submission will be provided to a number of statutory advisory bodies (including the relevant regional advisory committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council). Your comments on the draft plan amendment may include 'personal information'. Department of Planning, Industry and Environment complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, access, amendment, use and disclosure of personal information. See the privacy webpage for details. Information that in some way identifies you may be gathered when you use our website or send us correspondence.

If an application to access information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requests access to your

submission, your views about the release will be sought if you have indicated that you object to your submission being made public.

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 12 July 2019 to 26 August 2019.

You can provide your written submission in any of the following ways:

  • Post your written submission to:
    Manager Planning Evaluation and Assessment
    PO Box 95
    Parramatta NSW 2124
  • Email your submission to: npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • Make a submission online by using the online form below.