Public exhibition of the proposed amendment and draft visitor precinct plan provides members of the community with an opportunity to have a say in planned improved accessibility works in Blue Mountains National Park. Comments closed 24 August 2020.
What is a plan of management?
Parks and reserves established under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 must 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. From time to time plans of management are amended to support changes to park management or proposed works.
Why is the plan being amended now?
Blue Mountains National Park is the most visited park in New South Wales, receiving more than 8 million visits in 2018. Visitor infrastructure improvements will enhance and disperse the visitor experience and improve protection of the park's values. The improvements to Govetts Leap visitor precinct will elevate the quality of interpretation and promotion of the park's World Heritage values.
The amendment relates to visitor facility upgrades to support both increased and better-dispersed visitation and includes:
- upgraded and increased capacity parking areas at Govetts Leap
- upgraded facilities to allow improved access for people with disabilities and/or restricted mobility
- enable pre-existing overnight stay facilities at Green Gully visitor precinct including a camping area and cabins.
What opportunities did the community have to comment?
Public exhibition of the proposed amendment and draft visitor precinct plan was extended until Monday 24 August 2020.
We will continue to engage the community after this date to finalise the Govetts Leap Visitor Precinct Plan. National Parks and Wildlife Service recognises the importance of this site to the local community and tourism industry and will discuss the details of this draft visitor precinct plan with the community to ensure the important values of the site are conserved and visitor access and safety improved. The Blue Mountains Regional Advisory Committee, a statutory advisory body appointed by the Minister, will also provide advice about this visitor precinct plan.
When will the amended plan of management and visitor precinct plan be finalised?
At the close of the public exhibition period, we consider all submissions on the plan amendment and prepare a submissions report. We provide the Blue Mountains Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council with the proposed amendment, all the submissions and the submissions report. They consider the documents, make comments on the amendment or suggest changes, and the Council provides advice to the Minister for Energy and Environment.
The Minister considers the amendment, submissions and advice, makes any necessary changes and decides whether to adopt the amendment under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. Once an amendment 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.
Submissions on the draft visitor precinct plan will be reviewed in conjunction with the Blue Mountains Regional Advisory Committee. The finalised Govetts Leap visitor precinct plan will be published on the Department's website.
How can I get more information about the proposed amendment?
For further information on the plan of management please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team at firstname.lastname@example.org