Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area draft Plan of Management: Public consultation

The Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management is available for review and comment until 5 July 2022.

Pearsons Lookout escarpment Gardens of Stone National Park Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Colong sectionPublic exhibition of this draft plan provides an opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area.

National Parks and Wildlife Service is committed to working closely with key stakeholders including the Wiradjuri Traditional Owners to establish Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area .

The new park forms a strategic link between Blue Mountains National Park, Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park. In addition to protecting significant cultural, landscape and other natural values, this new park will bring significant economic benefits to Lithgow and the surrounding region through investment into the park and creation of new experiences that will attract visitors to the area. It also presents an awe-inspiring natural setting for people to enjoy a range of recreational activities and connect with nature.

The draft plan is being exhibited alongside the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area: draft Master Plan, which outlines a range of detailed proposals for infrastructure and visitor 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.

At the end of the public exhibition period in July 2022, we will comprehensively review all submissions, prepare a submissions report and make any necessary changes to the draft plan of management. The Blue Mountains Advisory Committee 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 Environment and Heritage. 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 department's website and a public notice is advertised in the NSW Government Gazette.

Parks and reserves established under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 are required to have a plan of management. A draft plan is being prepared now to provide a long-term strategic outlook for the park and guide park management. The plan of management will provide the foundations for the park’s establishment as a state conservation areas and major visitor destination.

The draft plan of management is a legal document which outlines strategic, ongoing management objectives for the park. The draft master plan sits within the framework provided by the draft plan of management and outlines a range of proposals for visitor management and infrastructure improvements

The draft master plan is currently on exhibition and NPWS is seeking comment on its proposals. We have outlined information on how to make a submission on the draft master plan on the Gardens of Stone draft Master Plan: Public consultation webpage.

The draft plan of management is on public exhibition until 5 July 2022, and anyone can review the plan of management and provide comments.

The draft plan of management is being exhibited together with the draft master plan to provide a clearer understanding of what's being proposed for the future management of Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area, and the information necessary to enable stakeholder feedback.

Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office, 270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785
  • Lithgow Council, 180 Mort Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

How can I comment on the draft plan?

Public exhibition for the plan of management is from 6 May 2022 until 5 July 2022. You are invited to comment on the draft plan by sending a written submission during this time.

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 6 May 2022 to 5 July 2022.

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

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 plan 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.

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Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area: Statement of Management Intent

This statement of management intent outlines the main values, issues, management directions and priorities of National Parks and Wildlife Service for managing Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area. This statement, together with relevant NPWS policies, will guide the management of the area until a plan of management has been adopted.

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