Kosciuszko National Park: Draft Amendment to the Plan of Management: Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct

The Kosciuszko National Park Draft Amendment to the Plan of Management: Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct public exhibition is now closed.

Public exhibition of the draft amendment provided members of the community with the opportunity to have a say in the management directions for the park. Comments closed on 23 August 2021.

The park is in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales. The amendment is being undertaken to enable key elements of the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct. Key issues addressed in this amendment include:

  • altering the alpine resort accommodation policy, including an increase in the maximum occupancy permitted in the resorts
  • enabling limited additional accommodation to be developed at identified non-resort accommodation nodes within the park as per publicly exhibited master plans
  • enabling additional camping options with the precinct.

What is a plan of management?

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.

Plans of management may be amended to support changes to park management or proposed works.

What is the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct?

The Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct is a whole of government planning initiative which seeks to re-balance the extreme seasonality of the Snowy Mountains region by promoting summer and year-round visitation while still supporting snow sport and snow play activities.

Special activation precincts are place-based planning mechanisms used to activate strategic locations in regional NSW through infrastructure investment and fast-tracked, streamlined planning to facilitate job creation and economic development.

Priorities for the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct are to:

  • celebrate the unique cultural and environmental attributes that attract three-quarters of a million visitors annually to the region
  • revitalise the Snowy Mountains into a year-round tourist destination
  • reaffirm the region as Australia's Alpine Capital, with Jindabyne at its heart.

The Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct Draft Master Plan was publicly exhibited until 23 August 2021.

Why is an amendment being prepared?

Changes are proposed to the Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management to better manage and service park visitation. Park visitation has increased significantly since the plan was adopted in 2006. This places pressure on management to provide opportunities for visitors to experience the park and protect its environment from the potential impacts of increased visitation.

This amendment proposes to enable the core elements of the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct and adjust parkwide policy on built accommodation. Other minor amendments which directly or indirectly relate to these purposes are also included in this document.

When will the amendment be finalised?

At the close of the public exhibition period, we consider all submissions on the draft amendment and prepare a submissions report. We provide the Southern Ranges Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council with the amendment, all the submissions and the submissions report. They consider the documents, make comments on the amendment or suggest changes, and provide advice to the Minister for Energy and Environment.

The Minister considers the amendment, submissions and advice, makes any necessary changes and decides whether to adopt the amendment under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. Once an amendment is adopted, it is published on this website, and key stakeholders, including those who made a submission on the draft amendment, will be notified.