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 was 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.

Capertee National Park

Capertee National Park, Gang Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)