Once adopted, this plan of management will replace the existing plan for Limeburners Creek National Park, which was adopted in 1998. It also replaces the statement of management intent for Goolawah National Park and Goolawah Regional Park, which was approved in 2014. Public exhibition of the draft plan provides members of the community with the opportunity to have a say in the management directions for these parks.
The draft plan is accompanied by the Goolawah National Park, Goolawah Regional Park and Limeburners Creek National Park planning considerations report. Readers of the plan should refer to this document for detailed explanations of the parks' values and management considerations.
The parks are situated between Port Macquarie and Crescent Head on the NSW Mid North Coast. Key issues addressed in the draft plan include:
- protecting natural and cultural values while also providing sustainable recreation opportunities
- recognising and protecting the important Aboriginal cultural values of the parks
- maintaining and protecting the parks' ecological integrity, biodiversity and regional connectivity.
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.
Why is a new plan being prepared?
Many things have changed since the current plans covering these parks were written. This draft plan responds to these changes and new information about the parks' values and management considerations.