Tomaree May 2021
The Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services has responded to a request from Kate Washington in regards to Tomaree Lodge. This update request was prompted after discussions between Kate Washington and the SBCA Committee.
NSW NPWS finalising the Tomaree Coastal Walk Master Plan and Review of Environmental Factors
A total of 142 submissions were received on the draft plans, providing constructive feedback on the project. Key themes identified in the submissions included support for the project, concern about the walking track route, impacts on residents, environmental management, commercial use and changes to the park’s character, traffic management and support for the better use of existing tracks.
A submissions report has been prepared which outlines the feedback received and the changes NPWS has made to the plans in response to submissions and further technical assessments. The report is attached to this email and is available online at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/research-and-publications/publications-search/tomaree-coastal-walk-submissions-report.
The REF has been amended to reflect the changes made following community consultation and is now approved. It is available to view at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/research-and-publications/publications-search/tomaree-coastal-walk-review-of-environmental-factors
The master plan is currently being published and will be displayed on our website along with the design maps for the walking track in July 2021.
The master plan provides a framework for the $6.7 million Tomaree Coastal Walk project, as well as a long-term vision for future visitor facility improvements in Tomaree National Park.
The plan aims to balance conserving Tomaree National Park’s natural and cultural values with visitation demands, by creating experiences to better manage existing and future visitation.
While not all improvements proposed in the master plan will be delivered as part of the Tomaree Coastal Walk project funding, the priority for delivery is the 20-kilometre Tomaree Coastal Walk. This will involve upgrading existing tracks and the construction of new sections of track to provide a connected walk from Tomaree Head to Birubi Point.
Delivery of the supporting precinct upgrades, including major improvements on Tomaree Headland, will be subject to future funding.
NPWS is continuing conversations will key stakeholders to inform the detailed design plans for the walk. To receive updates on the project, please register your interest online at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/tomareecoastalwalk.
Area Manager, Hunter Coast
National Parks and Wildlife Service