Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management: Public consultation

The Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management is now available for review and comment until 1 October 2018.

Public exhibition of the draft plan provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area.

This draft plan has been prepared using a new format which is presented as two separate documents:

  1. The plan of management which is the 'legal' document that will be provided to the Minister for formal adoption. This is the document we are seeking your feedback on.
  2. The planning considerations document which is a supporting document that includes detailed information on park values (e.g. threatened species and cultural heritage) and threats to these values. A summary of this information is provided in the draft plan of management.

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area is significant because of its natural and cultural values. The park lies within the traditional Country of the Wiradjuri People.

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area is an isolated high-altitude remnant and contains the largest remnant of subalpine vegetation in the central west. The park protects habitat for 9 threatened native animal species, 2 threatened native plants and 3 threatened ecological communities.

The panoramic views from the summit are a major drawcard to locals and to visitors from outside the region. Mount Canobolas is one of the most significant nature-based attractions in the central west of New South Wales.

Orange City Council have proposed a significant mountain biking development for the park and surrounding lands. Their proposal includes some 63 kilometres of single-track in the park and a track head offering facilities such as a café or kiosk and toilets, and services such as bike hire, transport shuttles and visitor information. A further 54 kilometres of single-track is proposed in the lands adjoining the park, principally in Canobolas and Glenwood state forests. The draft plan enables further planning and assessment work for this project, and if approved, for the construction and maintenance of single-track and associated facilities.

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.

The National Parks and Wildlife Act sets out the matters that need to be considered when preparing a plan of management. These matters are addressed in the supporting Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management: Planning considerations document. This document can be updated where appropriate, for example, to include new information on the values of the park (e.g. new threatened species) or new management approaches (e.g. a new pest management technique) or new park programs.

Why is a plan being prepared now?

The current plan of management was approved in 2003 and many things have changed in the last 15 years so a new plan is needed. The draft plan enables further planning and assessment work to be undertaken into the Orange City Council concept plan for mountain biking facilities in the park, and if approved, for the construction and maintenance of those facilities. The draft plan has also been substantially updated to take account of new information and plans guiding fire, pest, weed and threatened species management.

What opportunities will the community have to comment?

The draft plan of management is on public exhibition until 1 October 2018 and anyone can review the plan of management and provide comments.

When will the plan of management be finalised?

At the end of the public exhibition period in October 2018, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the draft plan of management. The Western Rivers Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council will then review the plan 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 plan of management, we provide the plan to the Minister for the Environment. The plan of management is finalised when the Minister formally adopts the plan under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Once a plan is adopted it is published on the NPWS website and a public notice is advertised in the NSW Government Gazette.

How can I get more information about the draft plan?

For further information on the plan of management please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team on 02 9585 6595.

Where can I see a printed copy of the draft plan?

Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service office, Reliance Centre, 203-209 Russell Street, Bathurst
  • Orange City Library, 147 Byng Street, Orange
  • Molong Library, 8-12 Watson Street, Molong
  • Office of Environment and Heritage Customer Centre, Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn St, Sydney

How can I comment on the draft plan?

Public exhibition for the plan of management is from 29 June until 1 October 2018. You are invited to comment on the draft plan by sending a written submission during this time.

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want for park management. Some suggestions to help you write your submission are:

  • Write clearly and be specific about the issues of concern to you.
  • Note which part or section of the plan your comments relate to.
  • Give reasoning in support of your points – this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us to consider your ideas.
  • If you agree or support a particular part or idea in the plan, please tell us.
  • If you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.
  • It is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

Your privacy

Your submission will be provided to a number of statutory advisory bodies as outlined above. Your comments on the draft plan may include 'personal information'. OEH complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For details see OEH and your privacy. Information that in some way identifies you may be gathered when you use our website or send us an email.

If an application to access information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requests access to your submission, your views about release will be sought if you have indicated that you object to your submission being made public.

Have your say

Public exhibition is from from 29 June to the 1 October 2018.

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

  • Post your written submission to:
    Manager, Planning Evaluation and Assessment
    PO Box 95
    Parramatta NSW 2124.
  • Email your submission to: npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • Make a submission online by using the online form below.