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Draft National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019

Postby davidmorr » Fri 21 Jun, 2019 9:38 pm

The 2009 version of the regulation is being revised, and a draft of the proposed version is available for comment. There is also a Regulatory Impact Statement which seems to explain what the changes are. I am a bit worried when I see "reduce red tape wherever possible."

Submissions close on 19 July 2019.

https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topi ... nsultation
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Re: Draft National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019

Postby Moocattle » Fri 21 Jun, 2019 10:20 pm

Doesn't appear to be anything bad on the surface.
Main points:
    - Can no longer ride Quadbikes or use horse-drawn carriages without consent within NSWparks
    - Clears up contradiction on having assistance animals within nature reserves (It is allowed)
    - A lot of reorganising throughout and removal of sections covered within the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
    - Updating a few definitions (hoofed animals, drones)
Not sure how redundancies work with these kind of things, so I don't know if removing things covered in the Biodiversity Conservation Act is good or not.
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Re: Draft National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019

Postby wildwanderer » Fri 21 Jun, 2019 10:38 pm

Were all these clauses always here? Seems very nanny state to me.

Camping and residing
(1) A person must not camp in a park except in an area set aside for camping.
A person does not commit an offence under this clause:
where a plan of management for a park makes provision for camping
otherwise than by setting aside an area for camping—if the person camps in
the park in accordance with the plan,

or(c)where there is no plan of management for the park—if the person camps in a
non-designated camping area if that area is more than 1 kilometre from any
designated camping area, car parking area or picnic area or from a road, track or trail designated for vehicular use by the public

(1) A person must not in a park:
(a)light, maintain or use a fire:
(i)if there are fireplaces designated for that purpose by a park authority—
elsewhere than in such a fireplace, or
(ii) if there are no fireplaces designated for that purpose—elsewhere than ina temporary fireplace situated at least 4.5 metres from any log or stump and at least 1.5 metres from any other flammable material.

A person must not in a park:
engage in any activity or recreational pursuit that involves risking the safety of the person or the safety of other persons or damaging the environment.
Without limiting the generality of subclause (1) (d), the activities and recreational
pursuits to which that paragraph applies include abseiling, base jumping, bungy
jumping, rock climbing, parachuting, canyoning, white water boating, paragliding,
parasailing and hang gliding.

1) A person must not enter or remain in a karst cave in a park.
in a cave, use any fuel stove, combustion engine, flare, carbide lamp, candle or welding equipment.

(8)In this clause:
cave means any naturally occurring void, cavity, recess or system of interconnected
passages, that is:
(a) beneath the surface of the earth or within a cliff or ledge, and
(b)large enough to permit a person to enter, whether or not the entrance is
naturally formed or human made, and
(c) wholly or substantially roofed.
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Re: Draft National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019

Postby ribuck » Fri 21 Jun, 2019 11:22 pm

wildwanderer wrote:...if they want they could find a clause to fine most bushwalkers...

The authorities love that. It's a way to turn "innocent unless proven guilty" into "guilty unless proven innocent".

Some of these clauses will be overridden by the Plan of Management of an individual park - but some Plans of Management are even more draconian than the default specified by the Act.
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Re: Draft National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019

Postby Moocattle » Sat 22 Jun, 2019 8:49 am

wildwanderer wrote:Were all these clauses always here? Seems very nanny state to me.


Yeah, all of these are covered in the 2009 Regulation.
I went through them side by side; some have been reworded a little bit but have the same effect. Will check against the biodiversity stuff a little later, but for now it doesn't seem like there's any changes to affect bushwalkers.
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Re: Draft National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019

Postby rcaffin » Sat 22 Jun, 2019 6:04 pm

Were rock climbing and canyoning ALWAYS banned?
Seems a trifle odd if so. I mean, even Parks Rangers have been known to indulge, haven't they?
How were the Wollemi Pines discovered?

Hum - does my going rock climbing or canyoning actually RISK my safety? VERY few fatalities from either activity to my knowledge. (This does NOT apply to the activities of commercial organisations: they HAVE had some fatalities.)

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Re: Draft National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019

Postby tom_brennan » Mon 24 Jun, 2019 2:22 pm

rcaffin wrote:Were rock climbing and canyoning ALWAYS banned?


Canyoning "banned" since 2009, abseiling and rock climbing "banned" since 2002 (which was when the regulations were first implemented).

I say "banned" because basically NPWS bans it in the Regs and then selectively allows it in the relevant Plan of Management. So for Wollemi NP, canyoning is pretty much allowed anywhere.

What this means is that for any park with a Plan of Management that doesn't mention abseiling, rock climbing or canyoning, they're effectively banned in that park.
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