Help guide development of the Yellabinna and Warna Manda (coastal land) Parks Management Plan

What is being decided?

A Park Management Plan (PDF, 5.6MB) is being developed for the Yellabinna and Warna Manda parks, which will set the vision for the area and how the vision will be achieved.

The management plan includes:

• the Yellabinna parks: Boondina Conservation Park, Pureba Conservation Park, Yellabinna Wilderness Protection Area, Yellabinna Regional Reserve and Yumbarra Conservation Park
• the Warna Manda (coastal land) parks: Acraman Creek Conservation Park, Chadinga Conservation Park, Fowlers Bay Conservation Park, Laura Bay Conservation Park, Point Bell Conservation Park, Wahgunyah Conservation Park and Wittelbee Conservation Park.

The Yellabinna parks protect over 3 million hectares of mallee woodland – the largest intact area in the world. The features of the Yellabinna parks such as the rock holes, salt lakes, plants and animals form a complex and interconnected cultural landscape.

The Warna Manda parks preserve the most significant areas of native vegetation along the coastline between Streaky Bay and the Yalata Indigenous Protected Area, as well as Aboriginal cultural sites.

The parks also support a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the Australian sea lion and migratory shorebirds such as the great knot.

These parks are part of the Far West Coast Aboriginal people’s Country. They have held a connection to this Country for tens of thousands of years. The parks have special meaning to many locals as well as being holiday destinations for tourists looking for a remote and natural experience.

How can your input influence the decision?

The draft management plan addresses the most important issues facing the Yellabinna and Warna Manda parks, focusing on four key themes:

Theme 1: Maintaining healthy Country
Theme 2: Keeping culture strong
Theme 3: Respecting and enjoying Country
Theme 4: Yellabinna Wilderness Protection Area Visitor Management Strategy.

Your feedback will be taken into consideration by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in finalising the Yellabinna and Warna Manda Parks Draft Management Plan.

Submissions close on 27 January 2018.

Provide your feedback about the future management of the Yellabinna and Warna Manda parks by:

joining the online discussion
• emailing DEWNRProtectedAreaManagement@sa.gov.au
• posting your feedback to:
Saras Kumar
Policy and Planning Officer, Far West Coast
Protected Areas Unit
GPO Box 1047
ADELAIDE, SA 5001

To ensure your submission is effective:

• State that your submission refers to the Yellabinna and Warna Manda Parks Draft Management Plan, as several plans may be open for feedback.
• Make your submission concise and clear.
• Refer to the page, section number, paragraph and/or objective or strategy upon which you are commenting.
• Identify aspects of the draft plan that you support, or do not support. Explain your reasons for disagreeing with the content of the draft plan and suggest alternatives.
• If you are commenting on the accuracy of background information, provide references for your information sources.

All feedback will be carefully reviewed and considered in finalising the management plan.

How will your input be used?

You will receive acknowledgement that your submission was received via return email or post.

The Yellabinna and Warna Manda Parks Management Plan, together with the draft plan, all public submissions and a detailed analysis of submissions, will be forwarded to the Parks and Wilderness Council for its consideration and advice.

The plan, along with council’s advice will then be forwarded to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation for consideration and adoption. Notice of the final plan’s adoption will be published in the Government Gazette and the final Yellabinna and Warna Manda Parks Management Plan will be made available at www.environment.sa.gov.au/parkmanagement.

The Analysis of Submissions document will be released along with the final plan. This document details the comments raised, the response to those comments and whether any changes were made to the plan as a result of those comments. Find out more about the criteria used to analyse submissions (PDF, 213KB).

Please note that your submission will become part of the public record and will be available to anyone who requests a copy unless you specifically request otherwise.

Upcoming key dates

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at 5:00 PM

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