Hill End Historic Site Draft Plan of Management: Public Consultation

National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the draft plan of management for Hill End Historic Site.

The Hill End Historic Site Draft Plan of Management is on public exhibition until 4 January 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 include:

  • 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 npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au

You can also register your interest to receive updates on the progress of the draft plan and community consultation.

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.

Where can I see a printed copy of the draft plan?

You can view the draft plan at the following locations:

  • Hill End Heritage Centre, 5 Beyers Avenue, Hill End
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mudgee Area Office, 27 Inglis Street, Mudgee
  • Mid-Western Regional Library, 64 Market Street, Mudgee
  • Bathurst Library, 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst

How can I comment on the draft plan?

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 2 October 2020 to 4 January 2021.

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

  • Post your written submission to:
    Manager Planning Evaluation and Assessment
    Locked Bag 5022
    Parramatta NSW 2124
  • Email your submission to: npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • Make a submission online by using the online form below.

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.