Central Mallee Reserves Draft Plan of Management: Public Consultation

The Central Mallee Reserves Draft Plan of Management, incorporating Yathong Nature Reserve, Nombinnie Nature Reserve, Nombinnie State Conservation Area, and Round Hill Nature Reserve public exhibition is now closed.

Once adopted, this plan of management will replace the existing plan, which was adopted in 1996. Public exhibition of the draft plan provided members of the community with the opportunity to have a say in the management directions for the reserves.

The draft plan is accompanied by the Central Mallee Reserves Draft Planning Considerations document. Readers of the plan should refer to this document for detailed explanations of the reserves' values and management considerations.

The reserves are located in the central-west region of New South Wales. Key issues addressed in this plan include:

  • The continued conservation of the largest area of mallee woodland within a NSW protected area.
  • Enabling the establishment of a 40,000-hectare feral predator-free area within Yathong Nature Reserve. This will play an essential role in preventing the extinction of threatened species by providing secure long-term protection from feral predators and the reintroduction of threatened and declining species.
  • Ongoing protection and conservation of the reserves' significant natural values, including malleefowl, red-lored whistler, striated grasswren and other threatened species.
  • Continuing to support Ngiyampaa community access to Country to maintain, renew or develop cultural connections and practices, and manage cultural values in the reserves.
  • Managing shared heritage values consistent with their assessed level of significance.

What is a plan of management?

Parks and reserves established under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 need to have a plan of management. The plan includes information on important reserve values and provides directions for future management. Once the plan is adopted, no management operations can be undertaken in the reserve unless they are consistent with the plan.

Why was a new plan being prepared?

The current plan of management was adopted in 1996, and many things have changed since then. The draft plan responds to these changes and new information about the reserve values and management considerations.

The draft plan also includes information about future management priorities, including establishing a feral predator-free area in Yathong Nature Reserve and the reintroduction of threatened and declining species.

When will the plan of management be finalised?

At the close of the public exhibition period, we consider all submissions on the draft plan and prepare a submissions report. We provide the West Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council with the plan, all the submissions and the submissions report. They consider the documents, make comments on the plan or suggest changes, and advise the Minister for Energy and Environment.

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.