Planning for the future – new plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of the most popular national parks in NSW, with over 3 million visits each year. The existing plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island Nature Reserve, Long Island Nature Reserve and Spectacle Island Nature Reserve was written in 2002. Since that time there has been a steady increase in visitors coming to the park, new recreational uses have become popular, information about the values of the park has improved, and new approaches to managing fire and pests and weeds have been developed.
Accommodating all these visitors and protecting the environment is challenging. Good planning is essential to meet increasing demand and continue to improve visitor facilities to maximise opportunities and minimise impacts.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is preparing a new plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island Nature Reserve, Long Island Nature Reserve and Spectacle Island Nature Reserve.
As the first stage in the development of a new plan of management, National Parks and Wildlife Service have prepared 5 discussion papers for public comment. The discussion papers explore the following key management themes:
- Aboriginal cultural values
- Natural, visitor experience and shared heritage values
- Recreational activities
- Visitor destinations
- Leases, licences and consents
A reference map is also included showing places mentioned in the discussion papers.
What is a plan of management?
Parks 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.
Why is a plan of management important?
An up-to-date, clearly articulated plan of management is an important tool for effectively managing a park. It identifies the values of the park, the objectives for management and what we will do to meet those objectives. The plan of management is an essential tool for park managers, but it also provides important information to park users, neighbours and other stakeholders about how the park is being managed and why.
What happens after the public exhibition of the new draft plan of management?
Opportunities to comment closed 15 September 2019. Following the public exhibition of the new draft plan of management, the matters raised in public submissions are considered by NPWS, the relevant NPWS Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council before a plan is recommended for adoption. The plan may be adjusted after considering the matters raised in submissions. The Minister considers the recommendations of the advisory bodies when deciding whether to adopt the plan or require further changes to be made.
Once a plan is adopted, it will be published on the website and key stakeholders, including those who made a submission on the draft plan, will be notified.