Project status: In progress

How you had your say:

The Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan 2019 was available for public comment from 23 September to 16 December 2019. Ninety-nine submissions were received from the community. The community consultation period has now closed.

A listening report for this consultation was completed in June 2020 to let you know what we heard.

During public consultation on the draft plan we also asked people to comment on the Review of the 1999 Canberra Nature Park Management Plan, conducted as part of developing the new draft plan.

We are looking at:

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has developed a draft plan to guide management of Canberra Nature Park for the next 10 years.

Canberra Nature Park is located on the lands of the Ngunnawal people and provides the Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians important opportunities to connect with Country and, in partnership with the Parks and Conservation Service, manage the Country together for the benefit of future generations.

Canberra Nature Park has 39 nature reserves in and around urban Canberra. These reserves protect important forest, woodland and grassland ecosystems and provide habitat for our native wildlife, including many threatened species. The reserves also protect significant cultural heritage sites.

Canberra Nature Park gives our city its distinctive character as the nation’s ‘city in the landscape’ and contributes significantly to the liveability of our city. The reserves also provide extraordinary opportunities for nature-based experiences and an active lifestyle that so many Canberrans value, contributing significantly to the health and wellbeing of the community.

The revised Draft Reserve Management Plan:

  • is based on a high level of understanding about the natural values of Canberra Nature Park
  • outlines the park’s values, the goals for reserve management, and actions to be implemented to achieve these goals
  • guides the community’s use of Canberra Nature Park
  • balances the interests of all visitors to the park

We have used your views to:

All comments received during public consultation have helped us to prepare the Revised Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan 2020 to balance the interests of diverse stakeholders while conserving the natural environment and ensuring the sustainability of the park.

A Consultation Report has been prepared that summarises the issues raised in submissions and to let you know how the draft plan has been revised in response.

The Minister for Planning and Land Management has now referred the Revised Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan 2020 and Consultation Report to the Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services for their consideration as required under the Nature Conservation Act.

The Standing Committee has six months to consider the plan and it is at the Committee’s discretion whether a public inquiry is held. Should the Committee decide to conduct an inquiry, they may call for submissions.

When the Committee has considered the draft plan, they will report back to the Minister with their recommendations. A government process will then finalise the plan and when approved by the Minister, the final plan will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly as a Disallowable Instrument and replace the Canberra Nature Park Management Plan 1999.