In 2016, the NSW Goverment is seeking to build apartment blocks in Kosciuszko National Park. There are many processes going on which will allow this development. The current process is a "management review".
Please oppose this development.
Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 5pm.
Help contain resort expansion in Kosciuszko National Park - make a submission objecting to this management review.
This NPWS submission webpage on this link requires you to fill in boxes with your name and contact details, and then you must to answer the questions set out below. Please cut and paste these pilot answers below to answer the questions on the NPWS webpage to make a submission, and don't forget to then press submit. (You can also upload a file to the webpage with your submission in it.)
What are your concerns about changing management arrangements?
The NSW Government must present alternatives to the proposed and unacceptable resort expansion plans. I do not support the planned creation of urban villages (towns) within Kosciuszko National Park. The review must provide public sessions that allow adequate public participation on more options for the future of this important national park.
To be worth coming to, what do the resorts need?
The current village-style resorts at Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass were allowed in Kosciuszko National Park because of snow-based recreation. The snow is now disappearing due to climate change. Urban development should not take place inside Kosciuszko National Park, as is the policy for all other national parks in NSW. The special exception granted to these resorts ceases to be valid once the snow is gone.
Urban centres, with facilities such as tennis courts and golf courses, are inappropriate for a national park.
What factors does Government need to consider when making the decision about new management arrangements?
I do not support the Vision Statement of NSW Government that seeks to create a “world class tourism destination with year-round visitor activities” in the alpine regions of Kosciuszko National Park. This vision, which includes everything from apartment blocks to golf courses, is not appropriate for a national park. It is not ecologically sustainable. The vision is outdated. The park’s ecosystems are already threatened. These threats are being increased due to climate change. Protection of nature must be a priority for Kosciuszko National Park.
What are the key characteristics that you would need to see for each option?
I support the “status quo” for management of Perisher Range and Charlotte Pass until the snow resorts cease to be viable. The resorts should then be phased out.
The Office of Environment and Heritage must remain responsible for leases and municipal services as climate change accerates change. I do not support head lease arrangements that delegate powers to a head lessee.
Market interest should not be sought. I do not support government policy that seeks “market appetite” in Kosciuszko National Park. I do not support government seeking “attractive offers” for national park management. The OEH must reconvene IPART in order to gain an independent analysis of the Park’s economic future. This analysis must include a cost/ benefit analysis of the ecological consequences of any proposed use of the resorts.