Killalea Regional Park draft plan of management: public consultation

The Killalea Regional Park draft plan of management is on public exhibition until 29 January 2024.

Beach with scrub in foregroundPublic exhibition of the draft plan provides an important opportunity for community members to have a say in the future management of Killalea Regional Park.

The draft plan is accompanied by a draft precinct plan that includes more details about the design and construction of the proposed upgrades to the park's main visitor precinct. It is recommended that readers of the plan refer to the draft precinct plan for more details on these proposals.

Killalea Regional Park is on Dharawal Country, between Shellharbour and Kiama in the Illawarra Region of New South Wales. The park is a very popular destination for locals and visitors from outside the region.

It is a place of significant cultural connection for Aboriginal people, protects biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, and is important for surfing culture, teaching, and learning.

The draft plan describes how National Parks and Wildlife Service proposes to manage the park and includes proposals to:

  • acknowledge significant cultural connections and strengthen partnerships with Aboriginal people
  • protect and manage important biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, including a critically endangered vegetation community and a freshwater lagoon
  • support recreation activities and opportunities for learning, including upgrades to visitor facilities.

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.

At the end of the public exhibition period, submissions received on the draft plan will be provided to the South Coast Regional Advisory Committee. The advisory committee will consider the draft plan and submissions received and may choose to provide advice to the Minister for the Environment.

The Minister considers submissions and any advice received and makes any necessary changes before deciding whether to adopt the plan under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Once a plan of management is adopted, it is published on the department's website and key stakeholders and those people who provided a submission will be notified.

How can I comment on the draft plan?

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 27 October 2023 to 29 January 2024.

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

  • Post your written submission to:
    Manager, National Parks and Wildlife Service Planning and Assessment
    Locked Bag 5022
    Parramatta NSW 2124
  • Email your submission to:
  • Use the online form below.

All submissions must be received by 29 January 2024.

Our response to your submission will be based on the merits of the ideas and issues you raise rather than the quantity of submissions making similar points. For this reason, a submission that clearly explains the matters it raises will be the most effective way to have your say.

Submissions are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want for park management. Some suggestions to help you write your submissions are:

  • write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you
  • note which part or section of the plan of management your comments relate to
  • give reasoning in support of your points – this will enable us to understand your ideas better and will help to avoid any misinterpretation
  • tell us specifically what you agree or disagree with, and why you agree or disagree
  • if you can, suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue.

Your submission will be provided to relevant National Parks and Wildlife Service advisory bodies. See our privacy statement for information on how we will treat your personal information.

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

The draft plan may be viewed at the National Parks and Wildlife Service Minnamurra Rainforest Centre at 345 Minnamurra Falls Rd, Jamberoo, New South Wales.

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.