Parks of Western and Central Kangaroo Island Draft Management Plan 2021

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Have your say on the draft Parks of Western and Central Kangaroo Island Draft Management Plan.

What's being decided?

The Parks of Western and Central Kangaroo Island Draft Management Plan has been developed to outline the objectives and strategies that will set the direction for the long-term management and recovery of parks and wilderness protection areas following the devastating bushfires in 2019–20.

The draft plan includes the following 15 parks:

  • National Parks - Flinders Chase
  • Conservation Parks - Kelly Hill, Lathami, Mt Taylor, Parndana, Seal Bay, Seddon, Vivonne Bay, Beyeria and Cape Gantheaume
  • Wilderness Protection Areas - Cape Bouguer, Cape Gantheaume, Cape Torrens, Ravine des Casoars and Western River.

We want your feedback on the draft plan and input into the management of the parks.

Feedback received will be collated, analysed and used in the development of the final plan which will be submitted to the Minister for Environment and Water for adoption.

Background

Park management plans are the primary public accountability document for each of South Australia’s parks. Management plans set strategic direction, and explain how parks are managed.

The 2019–20 bushfires on Kangaroo Island were the largest in the island’s recorded history and burnt 86,720 hectares of protected areas. Wildlife and habitat were impacted and visitor facilities and infrastructure were destroyed.

The draft plan sets directions for the protection and management of 15 parks and wilderness protection areas in the western and central areas of Kangaroo Island. In doing so, the draft plan provides an overall consistent strategic direction for the protection of the natural and wilderness values across the parks.

A key direction for the plan is to balance the preservation of native vegetation and vulnerable ecosystems while also enabling visitors to experience the natural wonders and wilderness qualities of the island.

The draft plan has been developed with input from technical specialists, community leaders and interested members of the public. They contributed their views about the rebuild of visitor facilities following the 2019-20 bushfires through Reimagine Kangaroo Island and park management directions in a series of forums and meetings during 2020 and 2021.

Get involved

To find out more read the:

Have your say by:

Hard copies of the draft plan and guide may also be obtained from the offices of the Department for Environment and Water:

  • Adelaide - Natural Resources Centre, Ground floor, 81-95 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Kangaroo Island - 37 Dauncey Street, Kingscote SA 5223

Please note: Your submissions may be made publicly available on the Department for Environment and Water’s website unless you indicate on the submission that you wish for these to remain confidential. Any responses that are made on a confidential basis may still be subject to access under Freedom of Information laws.

What are the next steps?

The feedback received will be collated and analysed and used in the development of the final plan. A report detailing the findings of the consultation will be prepared and made available on this website.

The final plan will be submitted to the Minister for Environment and Water for adoption. Once approved the final plan will be released and will be available at the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA website.

Have your say on the draft Parks of Western and Central Kangaroo Island Draft Management Plan.

What's being decided?

The Parks of Western and Central Kangaroo Island Draft Management Plan has been developed to outline the objectives and strategies that will set the direction for the long-term management and recovery of parks and wilderness protection areas following the devastating bushfires in 2019–20.

The draft plan includes the following 15 parks:

  • National Parks - Flinders Chase
  • Conservation Parks - Kelly Hill, Lathami, Mt Taylor, Parndana, Seal Bay, Seddon, Vivonne Bay, Beyeria and Cape Gantheaume
  • Wilderness Protection Areas - Cape Bouguer, Cape Gantheaume, Cape Torrens, Ravine des Casoars and Western River.

We want your feedback on the draft plan and input into the management of the parks.

Feedback received will be collated, analysed and used in the development of the final plan which will be submitted to the Minister for Environment and Water for adoption.

Background

Park management plans are the primary public accountability document for each of South Australia’s parks. Management plans set strategic direction, and explain how parks are managed.

The 2019–20 bushfires on Kangaroo Island were the largest in the island’s recorded history and burnt 86,720 hectares of protected areas. Wildlife and habitat were impacted and visitor facilities and infrastructure were destroyed.

The draft plan sets directions for the protection and management of 15 parks and wilderness protection areas in the western and central areas of Kangaroo Island. In doing so, the draft plan provides an overall consistent strategic direction for the protection of the natural and wilderness values across the parks.

A key direction for the plan is to balance the preservation of native vegetation and vulnerable ecosystems while also enabling visitors to experience the natural wonders and wilderness qualities of the island.

The draft plan has been developed with input from technical specialists, community leaders and interested members of the public. They contributed their views about the rebuild of visitor facilities following the 2019-20 bushfires through Reimagine Kangaroo Island and park management directions in a series of forums and meetings during 2020 and 2021.

Get involved

To find out more read the:

Have your say by:

Hard copies of the draft plan and guide may also be obtained from the offices of the Department for Environment and Water:

  • Adelaide - Natural Resources Centre, Ground floor, 81-95 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Kangaroo Island - 37 Dauncey Street, Kingscote SA 5223

Please note: Your submissions may be made publicly available on the Department for Environment and Water’s website unless you indicate on the submission that you wish for these to remain confidential. Any responses that are made on a confidential basis may still be subject to access under Freedom of Information laws.

What are the next steps?

The feedback received will be collated and analysed and used in the development of the final plan. A report detailing the findings of the consultation will be prepared and made available on this website.

The final plan will be submitted to the Minister for Environment and Water for adoption. Once approved the final plan will be released and will be available at the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA website.

Page last updated: 27 September 2021, 13:38