Tomaree Coastal Walk draft Master Plan and draft Review of Environmental Factors: Public consultation

Opportunity to comment on the Tomaree Coastal Walk draft Master Plan and draft Review of Environmental Factors (environmental assessment) is open until 3 November 2020.

Consultation on the Tomaree Coastal Walk draft Master Plan and draft Review of Environmental Factors has been extended for a further two weeks until Tuesday November 2020.

The extension follows requests from some stakeholders and will allow individuals and groups more opportunity to finalise or make a submission or make additions or changes to a submission already lodged.

The exhibition provides an important opportunity for the community and other stakeholders to have a say about the proposed Tomaree Coastal Walk and future visitor facility improvements in Tomaree National Park. We value everyone's feedback.

Public consultation on the draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Master Plan and draft Review of Environmental Factors (environmental assessment) provides an important opportunity for the community to have a say on the proposed visitor experience improvements for Tomaree National Park at Port Stephens.

The draft master plan and draft Review of Environmental Factors (environmental assessment) are being exhibited together to provide people with a clearer understanding of the Tomaree Coastal Walk project and the information necessary to enable stakeholder feedback.

What is being proposed?

The draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Master Plan provides a framework and conceptual designs for the delivery of the 20-kilometre Tomaree Coastal Walk connecting Tomaree Head to Birubi Point at Port Stephens, and future visitor facility improvements in Tomaree National Park at Port Stephens.

Turf Design contractors prepared the draft master plan in collaboration with National Parks and Wildlife Service, informed by extensive geotechnical, engineering, environmental and cultural assessments, and community feedback received on the plan of management amendment and draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy. The draft master plan supersedes the draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy.

The plan balances conserving Tomaree National Park's natural and cultural values with future visitation demands, by creating experiences to better manage visitation in the park throughout the year.

The Tomaree Coastal Walk will cater for a range of immersive, nature-based visitor experiences from short walks to half-day and overnight options rich in Worimi culture, historic heritage and natural wonders, providing opportunities for tourism partnerships.

The plan provides:

  • An overview and conceptual designs for the $6.7 million Tomaree Coastal Walk project with maps of the indicative 20-kilometre walking track route connecting Tomaree Head to Birubi Point.
  • Proposals for supporting initiatives and facility upgrades to enhance the experience, improve visitor management and meet future visitation demands. This includes proposed upgrades, concept designs and artist impressions for:
    • Tomaree Head Precinct
    • Box Beach Precinct
    • Big Rocky Precinct
    • Iris Moore Precinct.

Improvements may include new and upgraded walking tracks, viewing platforms, parking, interpretation, amenities and other visitor facilities.

The priority for delivery is the 20-kilometre Tomaree Coastal Walk connecting Tomaree Head to Birubi Point with associated facilities. Further detailed costing, feasibility, assessments and evaluations will determine what will be constructed as part of the $6.74 million Tomaree Coastal Walk funding.

While not all improvements proposed in the draft master plan can be delivered as part of the Tomaree Coastal Walk project funding, the draft plan provides long-term visitor facility planning for the park, should further funding become available. Delivery of the supporting precinct upgrades proposed in the draft master plan is subject to future funding.

When will the draft plans be finalised and implemented?

The draft master plan and draft Review of Environmental Factors will be available for public comment for 28 days and will be finalised once community and stakeholder feedback has been considered.

The draft plans may be adjusted to meet issues raised during the exhibition, environmental and cultural assessment outcomes and local design issues, and still must meet the requirements of the Tomaree Plan of Management and amendment.

A Submission snapshot summary will be provided to advise the public of the outcomes of the consultation on the draft master plan and Review of Environmental Factors.

Next stages of the project

A detailed design and assessment for the construction of the $6.7 million Tomaree Coastal Walk connecting Tomaree Head with Birubi Point is next stage of the project. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will deliver the project in stages with construction expected to be completed in 2022.

Construction will be subject to rigorous environmental and heritage approvals before commencing. This includes consideration under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the NSW Heritage Act 1977 and the Commonwealth Environmental Planning and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The final master plan and delivery will be consistent with the amended Tomaree National Park Plan of Management.

We will continue to update you on the project's progress. Anyone who has not yet registered to receive project updates can do so on the project webpage at Tomaree Coastal Walk.

What is a master plan

A master plan is a non-statutory document that outlines a vision to guide how an area may change over time. It is important to note that our draft master plan is conceptual. The National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking community input to refine our vision in advance of the detailed design and final approval stages.

What is a Review of Environmental Factors?

A Review of Environmental Factors is an environmental assessment under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. It examines the significance of likely environmental impacts of the proposal and the measures required to mitigate adverse impacts. Review of Environmental Factors assist the determining authority to decide whether an activity should be approved and assists in the development of appropriate conditions should approval be given.

The Review of Environmental Factors for the Tomaree Coastal Walk has been prepared by independent contractors in collaboration with National Parks and Wildlife Service and stakeholders.

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

Printed copies are available for viewing at:

  • Tomaree Library and Community Centre – 7 Community Close, Salamander Bay NSW 2317

How can I comment on the draft master plan?

Consultation on the Tomaree Coastal Walk draft Master Plan and draft Review of Environmental Factors has been extended for a further week until Tuesday 3 November 2020. You are invited to comment until this date.

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

  • Write clearly and be specific about the issues of concern to you.
  • Note which page of the document your comments relate to.
  • Give reasoning in support of your points – makes it easier for us to consider your ideas and helps avoid misinterpretation.
  • Tell us specifically what you agree/disagree with and why.

Your comments will be considered in the final master plan.

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 22 September 2020 to 3 November 2020.

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

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.