Have a say on National Park plan

THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) today invited the community to have a say on the management of Broadwater National Park, north of Evans Head, with the release of a Draft Plan of Management.

NPWS Richmond River area manager, Mark Pittavino, said this draft would replace the current Plan of Management for the National Park and addressed newly emerging issues such as improving water quality in Salty Lagoon.

"This plan, will ensure the protection of both wildlife habitat and cultural sites and promote the recognition of these values in park management.

“It will also guide fire and weed management and recreation use throughout the park," Mr Pittavino said.

"Broadwater National Park conserves 4061 hectares of wet and dry heathland, eucalypt forest and woodland. It also protects parts of the estuaries of the Evans River."

“It is an important habitat for 23 species of migratory shorebirds protected by international agreements and also contains significant Aboriginal sites.”

“Some of the issues covered in the draft plan are continued rehabilitation of sand-mined areas and the impacts of coastal erosion.”

The community is invited to make a submission on the draft plan and submissions close on July 19.

Copies of the plan and the amendmentare are available free-of-charge at the National Parks and Wildlife Service office at Alstonville by calling 6627 0200 or got to www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/BroadwaterNPdraft.htm



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