Public exhibition of the draft plan provided an important opportunity for community members to have a say in the future management of the Blue Mountains and Kanangra-Boyd national parks. Once adopted, this plan of management will replace the existing plans for these parks, which were adopted in 2001. Opportunities to comment closed 26 September 2023.
The draft plan is accompanied by the Blue Mountains National Park and Kanangra-Boyd National Park Draft Planning Considerations report. It is recommended that readers of the plan refer to the planning considerations report for detailed explanations of the parks' values and management considerations.
These parks are a part of Darug and Gundungurra Country. The parks form the core component of one of the largest and most intact stretches of protected bushland in New South Wales. They are part of the Greater Blue Mountains Area World and National Heritage property, contain significant areas of wilderness, occupy a large part of the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment, and are one of the key attractions in a major tourism region.
Key management directions proposed in the draft plan include:
- improving recognition of the parks significant values, including World and National Heritage values, and providing for adaptive management to protect the values
- recognising and supporting the continuation of partnerships with Aboriginal communities
- providing outstanding nature-based experiences for visitors through improvements to visitor facilities.