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. Comments closed 11 March 2019.
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.
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.
For further information on the proposed plan of management amendment, please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.