A new management plan for Kangaroo Island parks: Building a shared vision
Park management plans set the long-term vision for the management of South Australia’s parks. Once complete, they are adopted as statutory plans under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and the Wilderness Protection Act 1992.
A new plan is needed to better support community aspirations, wildlife and ecological recovery, the reimagining of tourism experiences and future fire management needs.
The Department for Environment and Water is therefore commencing the development of a new park management plan that will set a long-term vision for the parks shown on the map below.
Community input opportunities to the development of the new park management plan are vital and include:
- Pre-planning submissions on management of Wilderness Protection Areas are open until 10 September 2020
- The reimagine engagement process for Seal Bay and western Kangaroo Island parks taking place June – September 2020
- Ongoing opportunity to provide feedback via this National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Engagement Hub
- Further opportunities for review, feedback and participation in forums and discussions once draft plan components are developed
- Formal submissions on the complete draft plan
An up-to-date park management plan will support the recovery of fire affected parks and establish a sound basis for their long-term protection. Once complete, the new plan will replace:
- Seal Bay and Cape Gantheaume Conservation Parks Management Plan 1977
- Beyeria and Lathami Conservation Parks Management Plan 1992
- Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park, Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area and Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area Management Plans 2000
- Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area Management Plan 2006
- Western River Wilderness Protection Area Management Plan 2006
Incorporating all of these parks into a single, strategic park management plan, will establish a single point of reference and help to focus management on the key conservation values and the most critical threats.
The park planning process will include the following stages: