Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area Draft Amendment to the Plan of Management: Establishing accommodation for the Great Southern Walk

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the draft amendment to the plan of management for Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area.

View over the Illawarra to the ocean from escarpment on the Woodward Track in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation AreaThe Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area Plan of Management Draft Amendment was on public exhibition until 28 October 2022. The consultation has now closed.

Public exhibition of the draft amendment allowed members of the community to have a say in the management directions for the park.

What is a plan of management?

Parks and reserves established under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 must have a management plan. Once the plan is adopted, no management operations can be undertaken in the parks unless they are consistent with the plan.

Plans of management may be amended to support changes to park management or proposed works.

Why was an amendment required?

An amendment was prepared to facilitate the establishment of walker accommodation as part of the Great Southern Walk – an iconic multi-day walk starting in the northern part of Illawarra Escarpment State Conversation Area, extending north through Royal National Park and finishing at Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

The amendment will also allow for rock climbing in certain areas north of Bulli Pass.

View of the coastline from the Illawarra Escarpment

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