Policy adopted 24 May 2017
Scope and application
This policy applies to all parks reserved under the NPW Act, and to lands held by the Minister under Part 11 of the NPW Act, where there is no adopted PoM.
CRA means Conservation Risk Assessment, which is the assessment of environmental impacts conducted when no REF or EIS is required.
Ecologically sustainable development (under section 6 of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991) means development achieved through implementing:
- the precautionary principle – If there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental degradation
- the principle of inter-generational equity – the present generation should ensure that the health, diversity and productivity of the environment are maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations
- conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity
- improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms – environmental factors should be included in the valuation of assets and services.
EIS means Environmental Impact Statement, which is an assessment of significant environmental impacts under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Park authority means the body responsible for care, control and management of a park, as defined in the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009.
PoM means a plan of management in relation to land reserved under the NPW Act that is prepared under section 72 of the Act.
REF means Review of Environmental Factors, which is an assessment of environmental impacts under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Statement of Interim Management Intent, which may have been prepared as an interim park management plan before a PoM was developed.
SMI means Statement of Management Intent, which outlines management directions for a reserve prior to a PoM being adopted and replaces an existing statement of interim management intent for that reserve.
Sustainability Guidelines means the Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Visitor Use and Tourism in NSW National Parks (internal document available to staff; published in 2011).
Visitor facilities means facilities provided specifically for visitors to a park. They do not include:
- major infrastructure, including buildings (depots and accommodation), roads, airfields and helipads
- minor infrastructure not used by visitors, such as staff car parks, dams, weirs, bore heads and pumps
Relevant legislation or other mandating instruments
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)
Heritage Act 1977
Wilderness Act 1987
Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995
Related policies and other documents
Australia ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Significance (Burra Charter)
Boundary fencing policy
Review of Environmental Factors Guidelines
Signage policy (included in the Park Management Policy Manual; internal document available to staff)
Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Visitor Use and Tourism in NSW National Parks (internal document available to staff)
Visitor safety policy
World Heritage Convention
Relevant policies for the activity proposed are also included in the Park Management Policy Manual (internal document available to staff)
Accountabilities under this policy are in accordance with the delegation of the Chief Executive Officer unless functions under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009. Delegations to OEH staff can be accessed internally.