Belair National Park - Plan of Management

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This is an educational exercise on plans of management. The presi is designed to accompany a verbal presentation and thus loses it shine without my words giving the backstory.

It was interesting to note the large number of recreational uses of the park that many of us would not generally associate with a national park.

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Belair National Park - Plan of Management

  1. Paul Boundy Develop a Plan of ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Applied Environmental Management Ryde College Northern Sydney Institute March 2013
  2. Significant Natural Area Area of 840 hectares Urban Sydney Airport Semi Rural 800 ha
  3. 4 km 2 km
  4. Waterfall Hike
  5.  Commissioned by: South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH). Prepared by Consultant Hassell Pty Ltd Prepared in pursuance of Section 38 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. Adopted June 2003 94 pages long
  6.  ‘Extensive’ Consultation ~ 2000-2001 Consultants contracted to facilitate Community reference group met regularly Three public meetings were held “A number of the persons who made formal submissions commented favourably on the consultation process undertaken.” Draft plan publicly exhibited ~ June 2001 57 written submissions - concerns with horse riding Stakeholders  Friends of Belair National Park  Friends of Old Government House  Sturt Consultative Committee  City of Mitcham  Adelaide Hills Council  Heritage branch of DEH  Country Fire Service  State Aboriginal Heritage Committee  Coalition to Save Belair National Park
  7. Natural Resources Cultural Heritage Soils Aboriginal Heritage Hydrology Colonial Heritage Native Vegetation Native Fauna Fire Management Introduced Plants Introduced Animals Infrastructure and Built AssetsRecreation and Commercial Activities and Other LandusesTourism Leases and Licences Cycling ETSA Corporation Horse riding Australian Rail Track Corporation Tennis Courts / Ovals Visitor Use Management Arrangements Vehicle Access Community and Volunteer Involvement Walking Trails Management Plan Implementation and Review Orienteering Children’s Play Facilities Interpretive Information
  8.  Introductory Spiel  ‘Our Parks, Our Heritage, Our Legacy’  Protecting biodiversity  Providing corridor links between isolated reserves  Close community relationships and participation in protecting biodiversity and heritage. Forward  by Minister John Hill including values & vision: Vision Statement  Conserving, celebrating and appreciating our natural and cultural heritage. Management Objectives Management Framework Management Context Management Prescription (Details)
  9.  Management Objectives  Strengthen the regional contribution of Belair National Park in the context of the Mount Lofty Ranges natural environment and open space systems. Management Framework - Legislation  Park Classification -NPW Act 1972, Wilderness Protection Act 1992  Government Policy and Legislation - NPW Act 1972 and other legislation listed in Appendix F  Native Title Act 1993  Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999
  10. South Australia CommonwealthAboriginal Heritage Act 1988 Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander HeritageAnimal and Plant Control Act (Agricultural Protection Act 1984Protection and Other Purposes) 1986 Disability Discrimination Act 1992Biological Control Act 1986 Environment Protection and BiodiversityCatchment Water Management Act 1995 Conservation Act 1999Coast Protection Act 1972 Native Title Act 1993Country Fires Act 1989 Natural Heritage Trust Act 1996Equal Opportunity Act 1984Environment Protection Act 1993 InternationalDevelopment Act 1993 Japan / China Australia Migratory Bird AgreementsHarbors and Navigation Act 1993 (JAMBA, CAMBA)Heritage Act 1993 Ramsar ConventionHistoric Shipwrecks Act 1981 World Heritage ConventionMining Act 1971National Trust of South Australia Act 1955Native Title (South Australia) Act 1994Native Vegetation Act 1991Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986Petroleum Act 1940Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1985Roads (Opening and Closing) Act 1991Recreational Greenways Act 2000Soil Conservation and Land Care Act 1989Water Resources Act 1997Wilderness Protection Act 1992
  11.  Management Context The context to be considered to manage the park  Park Features such as close proximity to Adelaide and its microclimate  Community Values  Purpose of the Park - Buildings Heritage Listed on State and Federal Registers - Park classified as a Natural Monument (IUCN1 category III2) to be protected in perpetuity. 1International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources 2Biodiversity associations with a historical or spiritual site  Regional Input - Biodiversity Plan for Mount Lofty Ranges - State Mountain Bike Plan - Kaurna Aboriginal culture and heritage - Study the feasibility of walking trail to Black Hill Conservation Park
  12.  Management Prescription Objectives, Strategies and Actions  Conservation Zoning  Hydrology – Creeks – Patawalonga Catchment  Natural ‘Resources’ - Protect Greybox and Redgum Woodland communities - Arresting and reversing biodiversity loss  Fauna – Echidna, Antechinus, Possums, Western Grey Roo, Bush Rat, Bats Southern Brown Bandicoot – Endangered (EPBC) & Vulnerable (NPW) Southern Bell Frog – Vulnerable (EPBC) 19 species of reptiles – including the Eastern Brown Snake 137 native bird species  Seasonal fox control  Phytophthora  Weed control including along rail line
  13.  Zone 1 - High Environmental Significance Minimal impact activities allowed Walking, Bird watching and Photography Exclusion of all other activities Horses, Dogs, Bikes Zone 2 - Natural Bushland Low-impact activities allowed Allow dogs on leads, controlled horse and bike riding Weed control program
  14. Zone 1 – Minimal impact activities Zone 2 – Low-impact activities
  15.  1836 Settling of colony of Adelaide 1840’s Government farm for agisting sick horses & stock 1858–1880 Governors summer residence 1881 Public fought to keep land as a public reserve 1891 National Park declared  Second NP in Australia and 10th in the world  Park had a recreation vs conservation focus 1927 Nine sports fields and 42 tennis courts 1929-1945 The Depression - timber felling – golf course raised funds 1963 500,000 visitors for year - most arriving by car 1972 NPWS improved NRM …yet… 1973 golf course redeveloped amid controversy
  16.  Overland train line Adelaide to Melbourne 52 Tennis Courts Caravan Park Golf Course and Country Club Historic Buildings Horse Riding Cycling Bushwalking On leash dog walking Native Plant Nursery
  17.  Belair station in operation today ‘National Park’ station closed 1987 and now demolished ‘Overland’ train to Melbourne passes through 3 times a week
  18. Belair Country Cluband Golf Course Weddings Parties Seminars
  19. Belair National ParkCaravan Park
  20. Dog walking is allowed along designatedwalking trails providing that it is on a lead and it remains under the owner’s effective control at all timesThe park is part of a several regionalwalking and horse riding trailsCycling Road – Approved on seal roads Trail – Not Approved but proposed for some tracks Down Hill – Not Approved or proposed
  21.  DEH and others hold leases on several other areas
  22.  Twelve nationally threatened species Leafy Greenhood & Pale Leak-orchid (V) Black-eared Miner Manorina flavigula melanotis (E) Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia (E) Spotted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum anachoreta (CE) Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor (E) Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus (E) Southern Bell Frog Litoria raniformis (V)
  23.  One small outbreak found in 2003. Movement of soil, by bikes, horses, walkers and vehicles may cause further spread. Earth moving operations need planning
  24. Any Questions?References Department for Environment and Heritage, 2003, Belair National Park Management Plan, Adelaide, South Australia. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, n.d. Belair National Park, viewed 28 Feb 2013, http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hill s/Belair_National_Park Google Maps, 2013, viewed 1 March 2013.

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