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our local national parks

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has drafted a plan of management for local national parks and reserves on the Central Coast that is now open for public exhibition and submissions.

On the doorstep of the Central Coast, Kuringai Chase National Park.

4 November 2022

 

THE draft plan includes the following parks and reserves:

 

  • Kuringgai Chase National Park

 

  • Lion Island Nature Reserve

 

  • Long Island Nature Reserve

 

  • Spectacle Island Nature Reserve

 

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, invites locals to make their voices heard in future planning for these areas as visitor numbers swell and putting pressure on the significant natural and cultural heritage values.

 

“The Central Coast is home to some of the most spectacular natural and cultural sites within all of NSW. Kuringgai Chase National Park now attracts up to four million visitors each year who come experience some of the best that our incredible natural environment has to offer.

 

“I have spent plenty of time in these areas and understand that we must effectively plan so that we can support locals, visitors, and nature alike," said Ms Tesch.

 

“Central Coast residents are incredibly blessed to be surrounded by all this natural beauty, and the NPWS’ draft plan will hopefully help in allowing many future generations to continue to enjoy these protected sites.”

 

Key issues addressed in the draft plan include the management of threatened species and ecosystems, engaging with Traditional Owner representatives, committing to future precinct planning to improve visitor experiences, and upgrading existing trails and tracks in context of growing visitor numbers.

 

The public are invited to make written submissions now. The draft plan of management is available at: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/have-your-say.

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