Lithgow City Council has commenced preparation of a Plan of Management for the Hassans Walls Reserve.
The Hassans Walls Reserve Plan of Management will guide the use, management and development of Reserve into the future.
Lithgow City Council is inviting users, the community and stakeholders to offer their views about the aspects they value at Hassans Walls Reserve, how they use the area, issues they feel need attention, and suggestions or ideas for future directions for this important area.
Hassans Walls Reserve
Hassans Walls Reserve (the Reserve), as covered in the Plan of Management, includes an area of just over 780 hectares. The northern perimeter of the Reserve abuts Lithgow’s residential and industrial areas while the Reserve’s southern boundary adjoins the Great Western Highway. Hassans Walls Road provides access to the Reserve from either Lithgow township or via Browns Gap Road. The extent of the Reserve is shown hatched orange in the plan at right.
The Reserve includes both “community land” (land a Council owns and manages on behalf of the community) and Crown Land managed by Lithgow City Council. The Local Government Act 1993 requires that a plan of management is prepared for all areas of community land. A plan of management can be thought of as a management “contract“ between Council (the land manager) and the community (the ultimate owners and users of the land) setting out how an area and its facilities will be used, improved, maintained and managed in the future (including any leases, licences or special permits).
Community Input and Involvement
The process that Council will follow in preparing the Hassans Walls Reserve Plan of Management is outlined in the flowchart at right. It includes opportunities for interested people and groups to be involved or contribute to the Plan’s preparation.
Use, community and stakeholders input, involvement and review are central to the Plan’s preparation. This is to ensure that the Plan, and ultimately the Reserve’s management, responds to community values, attitudes and desires for the area and its future management.
As an early stage in the new Plan’s preparation Council is inviting input from the Reserve’s users, neighbours, and wider community regarding their needs, expectations and opinions about the Reserve. This input could cover things such as what people like about the area, what works well, issues to address, what could be changed or improved, and what people would like to see occur here in the future.
Community input will inform preparation of an Issues and Discussion Paper and guide the creation of the new Plan of Management for the Reserve (see right). Both the Issues and Discussion Paper and the Draft Plan of Management will be placed in public exhibition for further community review and feedback.
How to Get Involved
Council has engaged Gondwana Consulting to prepare the Plan of Management for Hassans Walls Reserve.
For information about the Hassans Wall Reserve Plan of Management generally please contact:
Draft Plan of Management
The preparation of the Plan of Management for the Hassans Walls Reserve in Lithgow is progressing with the draft plan exhibited from the 6th March – 7th April 2017. The draft plan has been informed by two(2) rounds of community and key stakeholder consultation conducted in 2016, as well as review of historic data and background information held by Council and the community. The draft plan presents the current values and management issues for the reserve, and recommends key management directions as well as listing more “routine” reserve management actions. The general public and stakeholder where provided 42 days to comment on the draft plan, with submissions received up until 28th April 2017.
The submissions lodged in relation to the draft plan will now be considered by the project consultant, Gondwana Consulting, to allow finalisation of the plan and submission to Council for final adoption.