Draft Queensland Protected Area Strategy
Have your say on the draft Queensland Protected Area Strategy: A discussion paper on building a diverse and effective protected area system.
Queensland’s protected areas, including national parks and privately owned nature refuges, are world-renowned for their diversity, unique flora and fauna, and breathtaking scenery. They are the cornerstone of Queensland’s nature conservation programs as they protect our state’s unique biological diversity, which is increasingly important in the face of a changing climate. Queensland’s State-owned and managed protected areas are also a major drawcard for domestic and international visitors, and play a vital role in delivering significant economic, recreational, and health and wellbeing benefits to Queenslanders.
A draft Queensland Protected Area Strategy (PDF, 1.14MB) has been prepared which identifies key actions required to expand and effectively manage Queensland’s terrestrial protected area estate, now and into the future.
Your feedback is invited on the draft Queensland Protected Area Strategy. Please read the draft Strategy before providing feedback via the online survey.
Your comments and ideas will help shape the final Queensland Protected Area Strategy, scheduled for release in 2017.
Written submissions on draft management plans can be made via the Queensland Government’s Get Involved website.
Public consultation requirements
Under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, a management plan or statement must be prepared, as soon as possible, after the dedication or declaration of a:
- national park
- conservation park
- resources reserve
- nature refuge
- coordinated conservation area
- wilderness area
- Indigenous joint management area.
A management statement has no statutory consultation requirements; however targeted consultation may be undertaken in accordance with the complexity of management issues that a park may present.
A proposal to prepare a draft management plan must be advertised publicly. Traditional Owners, landholders, local governments, interested groups and members of the public are all invited to have their say about the plan in the form of a submission. All properly made submissions are considered.
The draft plan must also be advertised, inviting the public to make more submissions, before it is finalised.