Feedback from the 2011 community consultation on the new plan of management for Royal National Park
In 2011 we started a conversation with stakeholders and the community about writing a new plan of management for Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area.
We invited community members to identify their top five values for these parks. Values are based on an individual emotional response or belief, and different people place value on different aspects of a park. In asking people what they value about a place, we wanted to understand what the community feels is important about the place and worthy of care, nurture and protection.
Twenty-five per cent of respondents said they value the landscape and biodiversity of the parks, and that the protection of the parks’ environmental values were important to them. Others selected the diversity of recreational activities such as bushwalking, mountain biking and fishing, and the parks’ accessibility to a range of users as key values. We received a strong message from respondents that providing additional resources to maintain visitor facilities and services, and supporting the park’s heritage, education and interpretation aspects are important.
In 2011, we also hosted some community drop-in events in the suburbs around Royal National Park. People attending these events talked to us about lots of issues, but the issues that came up most often are below.
- Royal Coast Track: improvements to the condition of the track, more directional signs and an increase in camping opportunities along the track.
- Mountain biking: better opportunities for mountain biking, improved maintenance of tracks and safety concerns about track-sharing with walkers.
- Walking tracks: improvements to the condition of walking tracks, more walking tracks, better connections between tracks and more loop tracks, more information about walking in Garawarra SCA and action on illegal vehicles.
- Cabins: the need to recognise the heritage significance of cabins and ensure their protection, opportunities to interpret the history for park visitors and options for the future management of cabins.
- Camping: more camping opportunities in the parks, better information about camping and an easier booking system.