Central and West Kangaroo Island Parks Management Plan Officially Adopted | the islander
The Central and West Kangaroo Island Parks Management Plan was recommended for adoption by the Parks and Nature Council at its meeting in early February.
It was adopted by the outgoing environment and water minister of the previous government, David Speirs, on 18 February.
The full amended version of the management plan can be viewed online, including a detailed submission analysis report that analyzes all comments received during the consultation.
The breakdown of submissions shows the number of comments on either side of contentious debates, including access to fire trails in wilderness areas, as well as private development in parks.
The National Parks Planning Division thanked all those who submitted submissions for their contribution to the planning process, both during the development of the plan and during the three-month consultation period.
Some key changes to the plan as a result of feedback include removing camping from the low impact category and placing all campsites in visitor use areas, further mapping to reflect all use areas visitors and a greater emphasis on a priority conservation approach throughout the plan.
The new Labor state government, in its election pledges, said it opposed private development inside Flinders Chase National Park.
It’s unclear what impact this will have on a company’s plans to build two lodges on the wilderness trail.
Representatives from the public parks, not private playgrounds group, including members of Friends of Parks KI Western Districts and EcoAction KI, have visited sites offered with the Australian Walking Company in recent months.
the islander was informed that the company was willing to make some changes to the sites, moving some buildings away from the coast.
Bev Maxwell, spokesperson for Friends of Parks KI Western Districts, said the group was now awaiting clarification from the new government and new environment minister Susan Close on the state of affairs with private development in the national park.
While acknowledging this, PPNPP members are nonetheless concerned about the two sites, which, due to poor coastal vegetation, are still highly visible along the coastline.
Regarding the management plan, Ms. Maxwell noted the volume of comments and interest.
The 158 comments and submissions far exceeded other park plans to be reviewed at the same time, including the famed Cleland National Park which received just 95.
This indicates the large number of people concerned about the proposed changes to KI’s western parks, she said.
“Members are concerned that the new plan that will serve as the basis for management decisions for years to come still lacks strong protection for our unique plants, animals and landscapes, enjoyed by both locals and visitors to the island.” , she said.