The National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking submissions before July 5th on proposals to manage the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area. The draft plan of management for the reserve is vague and the accompanying draft Master Plan for visitor management creates a parallel process that has no legal force.
Except for pest management strategies, the draft plan of management has few details on nature conservation action. There are no restoration management actions, apart from studies, to spend the very large biodiversity offset fund available for this work.
The draft plan proposes a Lost City adventure activity precinct and up to four accommodation nodes. Yet what is proposed to be built will be decided through commercial-in-confidence lease negotiations, that are not subject to transparent and open public consultation.