Public exhibition of the proposed plan amendment provided an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Tomaree National Park.
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?
In 2018 the NSW Government announced funding to significantly enhance visitor facilities and create iconic experiences, including new walking tracks, accommodation and tourism partnerships, in a number of national parks across the State. These projects are part of the National Parks Visitor Infrastructure program and aim to increase nature-based tourism in New South Wales, boost regional economies and improve community wellbeing. This project is State Government funded and more information can be found on the Tomaree Coastal Walk page.
The current Tomaree National Park Plan of Management, adopted in 2006, is being amended to enable delivery of an iconic 20-kilometre coastal walking experience from Tomaree Head to Birubi Point, in Tomaree National Park.
It will involve the upgrade of existing tracks and construction of new track sections on the Tomaree Coastal Walk and improvements to the visitor facilities provided along the walk. New and improved facilities along the walk include viewing platforms, public amenities, car parking and interpretation.
The proposed amendment is exhibited with the Draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy, to provide more detail about the proposed improvements. Comments are also invited on the Draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy.
A masterplan will also be developed for the Tomaree Coastal Walk project and will provide further detail about the walk and associated facilities. People will also have an opportunity to view and comment on the draft masterplan and the environmental impact assessment, prior to development approval.
While the Coastal Walk Strategy and the masterplan may be refined after the conclusion of this plan of management exhibition, they will remain consistent with the amended Tomaree National Park Plan of Management.
What opportunities will the community have to comment?
The Tomaree National Park Plan of Management – Draft Amendment and the Draft Coastal Walk Strategy consultation period has now closed.
When will the amended plan of management be finalised?
At the end of the public exhibition period in September 2019, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the proposed amendment. The Hunter Central Coast Regional Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council will then review the amendment along with a summary of submissions, 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 plan amendment to the Minister for the Environment. The plan of management amendment is finalised when the Minister formally adopts the amendment under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. When the plan is amended it is published on the NPWS website.
How can I get more information about the proposed amendment to the plan and draft strategy?
For further information about the draft amendment or draft strategy please contact the NPWS Park Management Planning Team on 02 9585 6595.