Kamay Botany Bay National Park is a magnificent headland site that bounds the mouth of Botany Bay, Sydney. The Kurnell Precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located on the southern headland of Botany Bay. The place is highly significant for Australia as it is the site of first contact in 1770 between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of Lieutenant James Cook’s Endeavor. It is also the place of last sighting of the French explorer Compte de La Perouse in 1788, the locality for many of the plant species first collected by Banks and Solander, and contains important samples of endangered ecological communities.
Public feedback was sought from 30 April to 02 August 2018 on the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Kurnell: Draft Master Plan and the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Draft Plan of Managment as part of the Kamay 2020 Project – a joint NSW and Commonwealth Governments project to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the meeting of two cultures at Kurnell. The Kamay 2020 Project also includes the design and construction of a commemorative installation to tell the stories of this first meeting.
The Kamay 2020 Project Board has shortlisted three concept designs for a commemorative installation which are on public exhibition and open for public comment until 11 November 2019.
Two draft plans were developed to protect, enhance and present the special values of the national park:
- A master plan will improve the Kurnell precinct, with new visitor facilities and quality visitor experiences that respect and highlight the cultural importance of this place.
- An updated plan of management for the whole park will define how NPWS will look after special places and values, provide opportunities for visitors, and work with the community to manage this park. The values identified in the plan of management inform what improvements can occur in the park.
Following consultation with community and key stakeholders, feedback was collated to inform the final master plan and plan of management. This master plan was approved in March 2019. The plan of management approval process is underway.
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