What is a plan of management?
Parks 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.
Why is a plan of management important?
An up-to-date, clearly articulated plan of management is an important tool for effectively managing a park. It identifies the values of the park, the objectives for management and what we will do to meet those objectives. The plan of management is an essential tool for park managers, but it also provides important information to park users, neighbours and other stakeholders about how the park is being managed and why.
What opportunities will the community have to comment on the new draft plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase national Park?
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) develops plans of management in consultation with members of the community.
There are two opportunities to be involved in the development of the new plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park:
1. During the development of the new draft plan – we will publish a number of discussion papers around important issues for the future management of the national park and the three nature reserves. The response we receive from the community on the discussion papers will be used in the development of the draft plan of management. We will also meet with selected stakeholder groups to get their input around key issues.
2. During the public exhibition of the draft plan – once the draft plan of management is completed there is a legal requirement to exhibit it publicly for 90 days. Everyone has the opportunity to submit comments on the draft plan.
What happens after the public exhibition of the new draft plan of management?
Following public exhibition of the new draft plan of management, the matters raised in public submissions are considered by NPWS, the relevant NPWS Regional Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council before a plan is recommended for adoption. The plan may be adjusted in light of the matters raised in submissions. The Minister considers the recommendations of the advisory bodies when deciding whether to adopt the plan, or require further changes to be made.
Once a plan is adopted, it will be uploaded on the website and key stakeholders, including those who made a submission on the draft plan, will be notified.