The public exhibition period for the Hill End Historic Site Draft Plan of Management closed 1 February 2021.
Once adopted, this plan of management will replace the statement of management intent, which was approved in 2014. Public exhibition of the draft plan provides members of the community with the opportunity to have a say in the management directions for the park.
The draft plan is accompanied by the Hill End Historic Site Draft Planning Considerations document. It is recommended that readers of the plan refer to the planning considerations document for detailed explanations of the parks' values and management considerations.
The park is in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales. Key issues addressed in this plan included:
- the site is part of the living village of Hill End which has a modest population of about 100 people
- 4 outlying former mining sites are also part of the historic site: Tambaroora, Golden Gully, Valentines Mine and the Quartz Roasting Pits
- the ongoing restoration and management of state-listed heritage buildings is a key focus for the National Parks and Wildlife Service
- restored buildings are available for lease and form a key component for cultural tourism opportunities.
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 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.
Why is a new plan being prepared?
This plan of management will replace the statement of management intent, which was approved in 2014. A statement of management intent is prepared after a park's reservation and before a plan of management has been adopted. It briefly documents the key values, threats and management directions for the park. It is not a statutory document and a plan of management is still required under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
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 Blue Mountains 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 provide advice to 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.
How can I get more information about the draft plan and draft planning considerations document?
For further information about the draft plan and draft planning considerations document please contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service Planning Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also register your interest to receive updates on the progress of the draft plan and community consultation.