Master plan

A master plan provides conceptual ideas for part of a national park.

What is a master plan?

A master plan provides conceptual ideas for part of a national park. It enables the community to see the types of changes and improvements that are proposed for an area, such as new visitor facilities, upgraded picnic areas and so on. A master plan considers what is important about a site, shows how the site can change over time and how its character can be conserved and improved into the future.

After a master plan is publicly exhibited and endorsed by government, implementation must be consistent with legislation and other planning documents such as environmental assessments and the park plan of management.

Why do we need master plans?

Kamay Botany Bay National Park’s first master plan was finalised in 2008. This master plan was prepared for the 'Meeting Place', which is part of the Kurnell Precinct. Extensive community engagement informed the design of the Meeting Place master plan which has now been substantially implemented. The concept of a Meeting Place is still relevant today: it is a place where cultures met and continue to meet and where conflict and reconciliation, celebration and sorry business can be acknowledged in the one landscape.

The 250th anniversary of the first contact between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of the Endeavour provides the opportunity for a fresh look at the Kurnell Precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park and the opportunities it offers to improve this nationally significant place for 2020 and beyond.

In the lead-up to the respectful commemoration of the 250th anniversary, the Office of Environment and Heritage engaged Neeson Murcutt Architects Pty Ltd to review the 2008 master plan and to expand it to include the broader Kurnell Precinct geographical area. The Kamay Botany Bay, Kurnell Draft Master Plan, builds on the significant work done during the Meeting Place project and expands it to include a larger area the Kurnell precinct. It encompasses the Meeting Place as well as Inscription Point, The Leap and The Steps, Yena and Cape Solander and the interconnecting tracks and trails.

Has the community been involved in drafting the master plan?

Before commencing the drafting of the master plan, NPWS commissioned community engagement specialist, Context Pty Ltd, to work with NPWS on the roll out of a targeted community engagement program. The outcomes of this consultation have directly influenced the development of the draft master plan. A community reference panel was also established prior to the start of the master plan project. This panel provided input into the project brief, the site analysis and the development of the overall master plan design and has reviewed the draft master plan

NPWS has prepared a summary of community and stakeholder engagement to date. The summary explains why NPWS has engaged with the community, who NPWS has engaged with, what input was sought from the community and the community response so far.

How will the heritage values of the site be protected?

Kamay Botany Bay National Park is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. A conservation management plan for the Meeting Place precinct at Kurnell was prepared in 2008 and endorsed by the NSW Heritage Council.

Any major site works will be subject to rigorous environmental planning procedures in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and formal approval of the NSW Heritage Council under the Heritage Act 1977.

The site is also recorded on the National Heritage List under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Will there be events or ceremonies in 2020 to mark the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival?

Yes. A range of potential events are being considered to respectfully commemorate the 250th anniversary of the first meeting of cultures at Kamay Botany Bay National Park in April 2020. These will be developed in consultation with community organisations and stakeholders to take account of different interests and views.

How does all of this fit in with the ferry feasibility study?

Transport for NSW has undertaken a feasibility study for new ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell. New wharves would re-establish transport connections across Botany Bay, and allow visitors to travel between the northern and southern sides of Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

The draft master plan supports the reconstruction of the ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell and considers the wharves as an integral part of the overall design for the upgraded Kurnell Precinct.

More information on the feasibility study is available on the Transport for NSW webpage.

When will the master plans be finalised and implemented?

The proposals in the draft master plan are conceptual at this stage. Following public exhibition of the draft plan and consideration of community views, the master plan will be finalised. Improvements in the endorsed final master plan will progress to a detailed design phase as funding becomes available.

During the detailed design phase, the master plan proposals will be subject to rigorous environmental and heritage approvals prior to works commencing. This includes consideration under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the NSW Heritage Act 1977 and the Commonwealth Environmental Planning and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It is anticipated that the master plan once approved will be implemented in stages as funding becomes available.