Public exhibition of the draft plan provided an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of these parks. Submissions closed 27 August 2018.
What is a plan of management?
Parks and reserves established under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 need to 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.
Why is a plan being prepared now?
This plan of management will replace the statement of management intent, which was approved in June 2014. Statements of management intent are non-statutory documents that summarise the key values and management directions for a park.
Goonoowigall Community Conservation Area Zone 3 State Conservation Area, Barayamal Community Conservation Area Zone 3 National Park and Nullamanna Community Conservation Areas Zone 3 National Park are collectively referred to as ‘the parks’ in this plan.
The Inverell Parks are of significance for a broad range of natural, cultural and social values including interesting geological features, threatened plant, animal and ecological communities and Aboriginal and shared cultural history. The name goonoowigall is a Jukumbal Aboriginal word meaning ‘wallaby rocks’. Barayamal and nullamanna are the local Aboriginal words for ‘black swans’ and ‘large water hole’ respectively.
When will the plan of management be finalised?
At the end of the public exhibition period in August 2018, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the draft plan. The Northern Tablelands Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council will then review the plan along with the submissions and report, as required by the National Parks and Wildlife Act.
Once their input has been considered and any further changes made to the plan, we provide the plan to the Minister for the Environment. The plan of management is finalised when the Minister formally adopts the plan under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Once a plan is adopted it is published on the NPWS website and a public notice is advertised in the NSW Government Gazette.
How can I get more information about the draft plan?
For further information on the plan of management please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team on 02 9585 6595.