The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) requires that a plan of management be prepared for a park as soon as practicable after the park is reserved. A plan of management indicates how a park will be conserved, used, developed and managed.
If a park does not yet have a plan of management, a statement of management intent may be prepared to guide its management.
- Parks without an adopted plan of management will be managed consistent with the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) and other relevant legislation, existing park management policies (including this policy), and other relevant manuals, procedures and guidelines.
- A statement of management intent outlines the key values, threats and management directions for the reserve and describes the management intent for the reserve in the period prior to a plan of management being adopted. A statement of management intent is not a replacement for an adopted plan of management. Management activities outside the provisions of this policy may be carried out with approval from the relevant NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) branch director.
- A statement of management intent cannot authorise activities inconsistent with the objects and management principles of the NPW Act, or other legislative requirements. A statement of management intent is not required to carry out activities that ensure health and safety, protect the environment or maintain existing assets at current standards.
- If a statement of interim management intent has already been prepared for a reserve, it will be considered in drafting the statement of management intent for the park.
- All statements of management intent will be published on the Department of Planning and Environment website.