Capertee National Park Draft Plan of Management

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the draft plan of management for Capertee National Park.

Capertee National Park Draft Plan of Management is on public exhibition until 18 January 2023.

Once adopted, this plan of management will replace the statement of management intent, which was approved in 2014. Public exhibition of the draft plan allows members of the community to have a say in the management directions for the park.

The draft plan is accompanied by the Capertee 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 park's values and management considerations.

Capertee National Park is located approximately 115 kilometres north of Lithgow on the western side of the Blue Mountains. Key issues addressed in this plan include:

  • protecting Country and numerous significant cultural sites
  • providing important habitat for threatened and non-threatened fauna, including the critically endangered regent honeyeater
  • providing a continuation of the natural corridor of reserved land linking to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and other nearby natural areas.

A plan of management 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.

Parks and reserves established under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 must have a management plan. Once adopted, the plan of management for Capertee National Park will replace a statement of management intent for the park, which was approved in 2014 to provide directions for management until a plan of management could be prepared.

At the close of the public exhibition period, we consider all submissions on the draft plan and prepare a submissions report. We provide relevant advisory bodies 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 Environment and Heritage.

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.

How can I comment on the draft plan?

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 28 October 2022 to 18 January 2023.

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

  • Post your written submission to:
    Manager, NPWS Planning and Assessment
    Locked Bag 5022
    Parramatta NSW 2124
  • Email your submission to:
  • Use the online form below.

Our response to your submission will be based on the merits of the ideas and issues you raise rather than the quantity of submissions making similar points. For this reason, a submission that clearly explains the matters it raises will be the most effective way to influence the finalisation of the plan.

Submissions are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want for park management. Some suggestions to help you write your submissions are:

  • write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you
  • note which part or section of the document 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 or disagree
  • suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

Your submission will be provided to relevant advisory bodies. See our privacy information for information on how we will treat any personal information you provide.

The information you provide in this form will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. By submitting, you consent to storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy. You can request access and amendment of your personal information.

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