Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Consultation

Be part of the conversation

Tell us how we can improve decisions and services in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is located on the northern fringe of Sydney. It is Australia’s second oldest national park and one of the busiest in New South Wales.

There were over 2.6 million visits to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in 2014, putting it in the top three most visited parks in New South Wales.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has seen a sustained increase in visitors coming to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to enjoy the views, waterways and bushland, especially on sunny weekends and holidays.

Accommodating all these visitors and protecting the environment is challenging. Good planning is essential to meet increasing demand and continue to improve visitor facilities to maximise opportunities and minimise impacts.

We think it is important to keep you informed and invite you to be a part of the conversation about planning for the future.

Planning for the future – new plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Plans of management guide what happens in our national parks, and how we manage them.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island Nature Reserve, Spectacle Island Nature Reserve and Long Island Nature Reserve are managed together under one plan of management.

The existing plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park dates back to 2002, with an amendment made in 2014.

Many things have changed in the last 14 years and a new plan is needed.

Before we draft the new plan, we're inviting stakeholder and community input on a number of important issues. We are preparing discussion papers that will be available to read and comment on. Your response to these discussion papers will help inform the development of the new plan of management and secure the future of these parks.

Register for updates if you’d like to be notified when the discussion papers are ready.

There will be another opportunity to have your say when the draft plan is completed and put on public exhibition. If you register your details we can notify you when the draft plan of management is available. Go to the questions and answers tab to find out more about the plan of management preparation process.

Be part of the conversation

Tell us how we can improve decisions and services in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is located on the northern fringe of Sydney. It is Australia’s second oldest national park and one of the busiest in New South Wales.

There were over 2.6 million visits to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in 2014, putting it in the top three most visited parks in New South Wales.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has seen a sustained increase in visitors coming to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to enjoy the views, waterways and bushland, especially on sunny weekends and holidays.

Accommodating all these visitors and protecting the environment is challenging. Good planning is essential to meet increasing demand and continue to improve visitor facilities to maximise opportunities and minimise impacts.

We think it is important to keep you informed and invite you to be a part of the conversation about planning for the future.

Planning for the future – new plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Deanes paperbark (melaleuca deanei)

Plans of management guide what happens in our national parks, and how we manage them.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island Nature Reserve, Spectacle Island Nature Reserve and Long Island Nature Reserve are managed together under one plan of management.

The existing plan of management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park dates back to 2002, with an amendment made in 2014.

Many things have changed in the last 14 years and a new plan is needed.

Before we draft the new plan, we're inviting stakeholder and community input on a number of important issues. We are preparing discussion papers that will be available to read and comment on. Your response to these discussion papers will help inform the development of the new plan of management and secure the future of these parks.

Register for updates if you’d like to be notified when the discussion papers are ready.

There will be another opportunity to have your say when the draft plan is completed and put on public exhibition. If you register your details we can notify you when the draft plan of management is available. Go to the questions and answers tab to find out more about the plan of management preparation process.

  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park new plan of management: Questions and answers

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    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... Continue reading

    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.
    Other plans that are currently on exhibition can be found on the OEH public consultation portal with instructions on how to make a submission.

    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.