Marine park management pilots

A new approach to management planning for NSW marine parks is underway with a pilot project in Batemans Marine Park.

Community engagement is an essential part of the process and local information is being collected to ensure local issues are addressed. The community can have their say in a number of ways.

Environmental, social, cultural and economic values are being identified that need to be conserved by the marine park, as well as threats to those values that need to be managed. The new plan will replace the existing zoning and operational plans.

Information previously collected from the community through the Marine Estate Community Survey, the Statewide Threat and Risk Assessment and the Marine Estate Management Strategy will inform the pilot, as well as local information.

The first stage of the project will review findings from the Statewide Threat and Risk Assessment for the Southern region to determine which values and threats are relevant to the Batemans Marine Park and to identify other local issues that need to be included. Draft management objectives will then be developed for the values and threats.

The second stage will assess the adequacy of existing management arrangements and identify new management actions and programs to attain the management objectives, considering costs, benefits and trade-offs that may be required.

Zoning within the marine park will be reviewed while developing the draft management plan to ensure it will help to achieve the draft management objectives. Zones can be used to conserve environmental values, manage conflicting uses and enhance the range of values the community derives from the marine park.

Have your say

Engagement during stages 1 and 2 will occur with key stakeholders and the community in 2018 via:

  • workshops with the Batemans Marine Park Advisory Committee
  • a telephone survey of the local community
  • workshops with Aboriginal community members
  • an online survey for key stakeholders and the general community.

The information for stages 1 and 2 will be incorporated into a draft management plan to be released for public comment. The community will have an opportunity to consider and comment on the draft plan for a two-month period.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. To ensure you don’t miss out on updates, register your contact details for further updates.

This project will be considered within the context of the Marine Protected Areas Policy Statement PDF, 561.57 KB which reaffirms the NSW Government’s commitment to maintaining the existing marine parks in NSW and improving their management within holistic management arrangements for the entire marine estate.

Further information

Page last updated/reviewed: 16 Aug 2018