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Permits at Booderee

Booderee National Park is a Commonwealth reserve established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) to manage the environment of the region for the benefit of all people, present and future. The Director of National Parks uses a permit system to help regulate some activities. Permits may be issued subject to conditions that help to identify, protect, conserve and manage biodiversity, heritage and other values of national parks. This is a system through which industry and the public can share in the responsibilities of managing and protecting the park. Permits enable park managers and the traditional Aboriginal owners of Booderee National Park to:

  • maximise the safety of park visitors
  • encourage responsible behaviour in the park
  • ensure that commercial and other park users are accountable for their actions
  • separate potentially conflicting activities
  • manage impacts on high-use and sensitive areas
  • monitor activities that could degrade biodiversity, heritage and other park values
  • collect data for planning and management.

Individuals and other commercial entities (eg. companies and associations) wishing to conduct commercial activities in the park, including commercial tours, need to have a permit issued by the Director. The Director may issue a permit only if:

  • the activity is consistent with the management plan in force for the park, including that the activity:
    • promotes an understanding and appreciation of the park’s natural and cultural heritage
    • is consistent with the aims of the zoning system of the park’s management plan
    • is consistent with the conservation values and management principles of the park
    • benefits the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community
  • the activity is not likely to:
    • endanger public safety
    • unduly damage the park
    • unduly interfere with the preservation or conservation of biodiversity or heritage in the park
    • unduly interfere with the protection of other features or facilities in the park
    • interfere with the privacy of a cultural event held in the reserve by the traditional owners of Aboriginal land in the park
    • interfere with the continuing cultural use of the park by the traditional owners of Aboriginal land in the park
    • interfere with the privacy of other persons in the park
  • the activity benefits the public or persons using the park
  • the applicant for the permit and any persons proposing to carry out the activity must not have been convicted of, or be subject to proceedings for, an offence against the EPBC Act, EPBC Regulations or similar environmental laws in Australia

Apply well in advance

Please allow a minimum of 14 days for the permit application to be processed. If your activity involves the need for an environmental impact assessment or consultation with traditional owners, a time frame will be provided by the park upon receiving your application. If your tour commences in less than 14 days’ time, please contact the Permits Officer on 02 4442 1006 (if calling from within Australia) or 61 2 4442 1006 (if calling from overseas), or email booderee.permits@environment.gov.au.

Further information

The Permits Officer for Booderee National Park can help with any queries regarding this permit – please call 02 4442 1006 or email booderee.permits@environment.gov.au. Our website is at www.parksaustralia.gov.au/booderee. The EPBC Act and Regulations can be viewed at www.environment.gov.au/epbc/index.html or purchased from CANPRINT by telephoning 1300 656 863.

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