Bents Basin State Conservation Area and Gulguer Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management: Public Consultation

The Bents Basin State Conservation Area and Gulguer Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management is on public exhibition until 7 March 2021.

Once adopted, this plan of management will replace the Bents Basin State Conservation Area statement of management intent and the Gulguer Nature Reserve statement of management intent, which were approved in 2014. Public exhibition of the draft plan provides members of the community with the opportunity to have a say in the management directions for the park.

The draft plan accompanies the Bents Basin State Conservation Area and Gulguer Nature Reserve Draft Planning Considerations document. Readers of the plan should refer to the planning considerations document for detailed explanations of the parks' values and management considerations.

The park is in the Greater Sydney region of New South Wales. Key management directions in this plan include:

  • strategies for the protection of natural values including native plants and animals and threatened species and communities through management of fire, pest animals, weeds and flood risk
  • strategies to improve management of Aboriginal cultural heritage and shared heritage values through supporting Aboriginal people to connect to Country and manage cultural sites and through sharing knowledge and stories with visitors
  • strategies to improve visitor experiences and manage increasing use, including upgrades to the existing day use areas and campground and development of new visitor facilities expanding the area available for visitor use.

The draft visitor facilities concept plans, including details of visitor facility upgrades, are also available for comment.

What is a plan of management?

Parks and reserves established under the NSW 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 future management. Once the plan is adopted, no management operations can be undertaken in the park unless they are consistent with the plan.

Why are we preparing a new plan?

This plan of management will replace statement of management intents approved in 2014. A statement of management intent is prepared after a park's reservation and before a plan of management has been adopted. It briefly documents the key values, threats and management directions for the park. It is not a statutory document and a plan of management is still required under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The plan of management also covers land that was acquired for future reservations and enables the development of new and upgraded visitor facilities. A draft visitor facilities concept plan has been prepared, detailing the proposals for new and upgraded visitor facilities in the parks.

When will we finalise the plan of management?

At the close of the public exhibition period, we consider all submissions on the draft plan and prepare a submissions report. We provide the Greater Sydney Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council with the plan, all the submissions and the submissions report. They consider the documents, make comments on the plan or suggest changes, and provide advice to the Minister for the Environment.

The Minister considers the plan, submissions and advice, makes any necessary changes and decides whether to adopt the plan under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. Once a plan is adopted, it is published on the Department's website and key stakeholders, including those who made a submission on the draft plan, will be notified.

We will review submissions on the draft visitor facilities concept plan in conjunction with the Greater Sydney Advisory Committee. The finalised concept plans are published on the Department's website.

How can I get more information about the draft plan and draft planning considerations document?

For further information about the draft plan and draft planning considerations document please contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service Planning Team at npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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

You can view the draft plan, planning considerations report and visitor facilities concept plans by appointment at:

  • NPWS Scheyville National Park Office, 71 Memorial Drive, Scheyville
  • Bents Basin State Conservation Area Office, Wolstenholme Avenue, Greendale.

Call 02 4580 2750 or email npws.cumberland@environment.nsw.gov.au to arrange an appointment.

How can I comment on the draft plan and visitor facilities concept plan?

Submit your written feedback on the draft plan by 7 March 2021.

We will provide your submission to two advisory bodies. Your submission will be provided to two advisory bodies. See privacy and security for information on how we will treat any personal information you provide.

Have your say

Public exhibition is from Friday 4 December 2020 to Friday 7 March 2021.

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

  • Post your written submission to:
    Manager Planning
    Evaluation and Assessment
    Locked Bag 5022
    Parramatta NSW 2124
  • Email your submission to: npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • Make a submission online by using the online form below.

Bents Basin State Conservation Area and Gulguer Nature Reserve Consultation

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