Thursday, January 6, 2011

Meroo National Park Management Plan

In December 2010, The Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water released the Meroo National Park Plan of Management. Below is the press release announcing the adoption of the plan:

The recent adoption of the Plan of Management for Meroo National Park ensures the protection of the park's significant cultural and natural environment values while providing for unique visitor experiences.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) South Coast Regional Manager, Ms Diane Garrood said extensive community consultation was undertaken in preparing the plan of management for the park.

"A community working group was established to assist the NPWS to prepare a draft plan," Ms Garrood said.

"The draft plan was then publicly exhibited to obtain further community input and discussions have been held on specific issues such as vehicle access to Meroo Lake."

Meroo National Park, located 5 kilometres south of Ulladulla, includes almost 4,000 hectares of high conservation value coastal forests and lake ecosystems.

It also contains the former Barnunj State Conservation Area which has now been declared part of the park. The bed of Meroo Lake is to be added to the park early next year.

"The park is of national significance for its biological and landscape values. It is home to many threatened fauna including the nationally endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog," she said.

"The plan seeks to protect these important values while continuing to provide for public enjoyment through activities such as camping, bushwalking, kayaking and fishing.

"The combination of the relatively undisturbed coastline and coastal lakes in a forested setting provides visitors with wonderful, unique experiences."

A copy of the plan can be found on the DECCW website at or printed copies obtained by contacting the NPWS South Coast Regional office at Nowra on ph: (02) 4423 2170.

The plan highlights many of the difficulties in managing coastal environments in NSW where a balance must be met between environmental conservation and recreational activities. For more information, as well as links to download the management plan, please visit the DECC website

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