Public exhibition of the draft amendment provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Mount Kaputar National Park.
The draft amendment to the Mount Kaputar National Park plan of management is on exhibition until 28 January 2021.
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.
Why is the plan being amended now?
The Mount Kaputar National Park of Management was adopted in 2006. Since then, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) operating environment has changed. The amendment to the plan of management enables NPWS to undertake operations in the park that can not be undertaken in accordance with the adopted plan of management. The amendment enables sealing of the Summit Road and improved management of recreational four-wheel driving on the Barraba Track. Numerous minor changes are also proposed for currency.
What opportunities will the community have to comment?
The draft amendment to the plan of management is on public exhibition until 28 January 2021 and anyone can provide comments.
When will the amendment to the plan of management be finalised?
At the end of the public exhibition period in January 2021, NPWS will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the draft amendment. The Northern Inland Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council will then review the amendment 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 amendment, we provide the amendment to the Minister for Energy and Environment. The amendment is finalised when the Minister formally adopts the amendment under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Once an amendment is adopted it is published on the NPWS website.
How can I comment on the draft amendment?
The draft amendment to the plan of management will be on public exhibition until 28 January 2021. You are invited to comment on the draft amendment 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 that are of concern to you.
- Note which part or section of the amendment 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/disagree.
- Suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.
Have your say
Public exhibition is from Friday 4 December 2020 to Thursday 28 January 2021.
You can provide your written submission in any of the following ways:
- Post your written submission to:
Manager Planning Evaluation and Assessment
Locked Bag 5022
Parramatta NSW 2124
- Email your submission to: email@example.com
- Make a submission online by using the online form below.