OVER a million dollars has been set aside by the NSW Government for
improvements to Dharawal National Park, including an enhanced entrance off Appin Road and a loop track to Madden’s Falls.
The community have been invited to have their say in the management of the newly created national park.
The existing plan of management was adopted in 2006 when the reserve was a state conservation area.
The 6,500 hectare park preserves a unique biodiversity, including several endangered species and the region’s largest surviving koala population. It will also protect a large number of Aboriginal rock art and significant cultural sites. The listing also has a “no depth restriction”, meaning the park is protected against underground mining.
Proposed facilities include a small picnic area at the northern end of the park near Wedderburn, a wheelchair accessible track to a lookout over the dramatic O’Hare’s Creek Gorge, and a walking track to view the Minerva Pool.
State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans said Dharawal National Park is a short drive from Wollongong, the Sutherland Shire and Campbelltown and the proposed amendments aim to increase opportunities for visitors from each of these centres while protecting the park’s fundamental and important values.
Mr Evans today joined NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker in inviting the community to have their say in the management of the park.
“I am proud to say that in its first year the State Government has honoured a commitment to create Dharawal National Park and I am now keen to involve the community in setting directions for the future management of this wonderful piece of nature,” Ms Parker said.
“Planning has commenced for the plan to be replaced to recognise the area’s new national park status,” Ms Parker said. “Meanwhile, I am releasing for public comment draft amendments to the current plan that outline potential works to improve visitor enjoyment and appreciation of Dharawal National Park.”
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is scheduled to begin work on the improvements early next year.
Mr Evans said he encourages everyone with an interest in Dharawal to comment on the draft amendments, which aim to increase visitor enjoyment of the new national park.
There will also be a community day at Dharawal on May 5 and visitors will be able to make comment on the plan of management on that day.
The proposed amendments are available for viewing at www.environment.nsw.gov.au. Comments should be sent to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage by May 28.