Kosciuszko National Park visitor experience improvements: Public consultation

The Kosciuszko National Park Proposed Amendment to Plan of Management: Visitor Experience Improvements is now available for review and comment until 11 March 2019.

Public exhibition of the proposed plan amendment provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Kosciuszko National Park.

What is a plan of management?

Parks and reserves established under the 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. The plan of management is a legal document, and after the plan is adopted all operations and activities in the park must be in line with the plan. From time to time plans of management are amended to support changes to park management.

Why is the plan being amended now?

The current plan of management was adopted in 2006 and is being amended to enable development of the Snowies Iconic Walk on the main range, construction of the final stages of the shared use Thredbo Valley Track, adaptive re-use of the Thredbo Ranger Station, and some minor management and visitor improvements.

The draft Kosciuszko Summit Precinct Walking Track Strategy includes a proposal for the development of the Snowies Iconic Walk. The Snowies Iconic Walk project will deliver an exceptional multi-day walk across Australia's pristine alpine area, past glacial lakes and to the summit of Australia's highest peak.

What opportunities will the community have to comment?

The Kosciuszko National Park Proposed Amendment to Plan of Management: Visitor Experience Improvements is on public exhibition until 11 March 2019 and anyone can review the plan and provide comments.

When will the amended plan of management be finalised?

At the end of the public exhibition period in March 2019, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the proposed amendment. The Southern Ranges Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council will then review the amendment along with the submissions and report, as required by the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Once their input has been considered and any further changes made to the amendment, we provide the plan to the Minister for the Environment. The plan of management amendment is finalised when the Minister formally adopts the amendment under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Once a plan is amended the amendment is published on the NPWS website and a public notice is advertised in the NSW Government Gazette.

What is happening with Snowy Hydro 2.0?

Further amendment to the Kosciuszko National Park plan of management will be required to remove potential statutory conflicts surrounding the development and operation of Snowy Hydro 2.0 within the park. The legislation enabling Snowy Hydro 2.0 provides NSW agencies 3-years from the time of development approval to incorporate the new hydroelectricity scheme into the plan of management. NPWS will use this period to fully review the plan of management and ensure any other required updates are captured at that time.

More information

For further information on the proposed plan of management amendment, please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team at npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Where can I see a printed copy of the proposed amendment to the plan?

Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Cooma Visitor Information Centre,119 Sharp Street, Cooma, NSW 2630
  • Tumut Visitor Information Centre, 5 Adelong Rd, Tumut, NSW 2720
  • Snowy Region Visitor Centre, 49 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne NSW 2627
  • Khancoban Visitor Information Centre, Corner of Alpine Way and Scammel St, Khancoban, NSW 2642
  • NSW Government Offices, 11 Farrer Place, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620
  • Office of Environment and Heritage Customer Centre, Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

How can I comment on the proposed amendment?

Public exhibition for the proposed amendment is from 25 January 2019 until 11 March 2019. You are invited to comment on the proposed amendment by sending a written submission during this time.

Your submission is part of the process of making this draft amendment final. At the close of the public exhibition period, we consider all submissions and prepare a submissions report. Note that multiple submissions received by the same author will be counted as a single submission.

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want for park management. Some suggestions to help you write your submission are:

  • Write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you.
  • Note which part or section of the plan your comments relate to.
  • Give reasoning in support of your points - this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us to consider your ideas.
  • If you agree or support a part or idea in the plan, please tell us.
  • If you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.
  • It is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

Your privacy

Your submission will be provided to a number of statutory advisory bodies as outlined above. Your comments on the draft amendment may include personal information. Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For details see OEH and your privacy. Information that in some way identifies you may be gathered when you use our website or send us an email.

Should an access application under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 be received that requests access to your submission, your views about the release will be sought, if you have indicated that you object to it being made public.

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 25 January 2019 to 11 March 2019.

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

  • Make a submission online by using the online form below.
  • Email your submission to: npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • Post your written submission to:
    Manager Planning Evaluation and Assessment
    PO Box 95
    Parramatta NSW 2124.