Goolawah National Park, Goolawah Regional Park and Limeburners Creek National Park Draft Plan of Management: Public consultation

The Goolawah National Park, Goolawah Regional Park and Limeburners Creek National Park Draft Plan of Management is on public exhibition until 11 March 2022.

Aerial photo, Racecourse campground, Goolawah National ParkOnce 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.

How can I comment on the draft plan?

Public exhibition is from 10 December 2021 to 11 March 2022.

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

Go to online survey

Our response to your submission will be based on the merits of the ideas and issues you raise rather than the quantity of submissions making similar points. For this reason, a submission that clearly explains the matters it raises will be the most effective way to influence the finalisation of the plan.

Submissions are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want for park management. Some suggestions to help you write your submissions are:

  • write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you
  • note which part or section of the document your comments relate to
  • give reasoning in support of your points - this makes it easier for us to consider your ideas and will help avoid misinterpretation
  • tell us specifically what you agree/disagree with and why you agree or disagree
  • suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

Your submission will be provided to relevant NPWS advisory bodies. See our privacy information for information on how we will treat any personal information you provide.

We are also developing a precinct plan for Point Plomer in Limeburners Creek National Park. This precinct plan will complement the plan of management by providing additional detail to guide the revitalisation of this precinct. Visit our Point Plomer page to provide feedback on the Point Plomer Precinct Revitalisation.

Go to Point Plomer survey

Aerial photo, Point Plomer campground, Limeburners Creek National Park

We are looking to hold information sessions on the draft plan, subject to public health requirements for Covid-19. Further details will be made available on this website or via our newsletter. If you wish to register for the newsletter please see Register your interest below.

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

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

Register your interest

Complete the online form below to register your interest. You will be notified of further consultation dates via our newsletter.


The information you provide in this form will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. By submitting, you consent to storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy. You can request access and amendment of your personal information.