Bents Basin State Conservation Area and Gulguer Nature Reserve are small but significant parks on the edge of the Cumberland Plains in western Sydney.
These parks protect important biodiversity and cultural heritage values as well as provide nature-based recreation opportunities for the growing western Sydney population.
Accommodating visitors and protecting the environment is challenging. The development of a plan of management will help to protect the parks' values from negative impacts and improve the effectiveness of how we manage the parks.
Until a plan of management is prepared the parks are managed by a statement of management intent.
What is a plan of management?
Parks 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 future 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.
Why is a plan of management important?
An up-to-date, clearly articulated plan of management is an important tool for effectively managing a park. It identifies the 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 comment on the new draft plan of management?
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) develops plans of management in consultation with members of the community.
There are 2 opportunities to be involved in the development of the plan of management for Bents Basin State Conservation Area and Gulguer Nature Reserve:
- During the development of the draft plan provide comments and feedback on what you believe are the most important values of the parks and how they should be managed in the future. This feedback will be used when drafting the plan.
- During the public exhibition of the draft plan – once the draft plan of management is completed there is a legal requirement to exhibit it publicly for 90 days. Anyone can submit comments on the draft plan.
What happens after the public exhibition of the new draft plan of management?
Following public exhibition of the new draft plan of management, the matters raised in public submissions are considered by NPWS, the relevant NPWS Regional Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council before a plan is recommended for adoption. The plan may be adjusted to address matters raised in submissions. The Minister considers the recommendations of the advisory bodies when deciding whether to adopt the plan or require further changes to be made.
Once a plan is adopted, it will be uploaded on the website and key stakeholders, including those who made a submission on the draft plan, will be notified.
Be part of the conversation
Before we draft the plan, we're inviting the community to provide input. Tell us what is important about the parks and what facilities and services you would like to see in the future. Your feedback will help us draft a plan that reflects community values and preferences.
We think it is important to keep you informed and invite you to be a part of the conversation about planning for the future.
There will be another opportunity to have your say when the draft plan is completed and put on public exhibition. If you register your details, we can notify you when the draft plan of management is available.