February 25 - March 2, 2024: Issue 615


Adoption Of The Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Lion Island Nature Reserve, Long Island Nature Reserve And Spectacle Island Nature Reserve Plan Of Management: february 2024 + west head lookout works now completed

The NPWS is pleased to advise that the Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Energy, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage, the Hon Penny Sharpe MLC, has adopted the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island Nature Reserve, Long Island Nature Reserve and Spectacle Island Nature Reserve Plan of Management under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of the State’s most significant and iconic national parks. The nearby nature reserves are also very important for the conservation of natural values. The plan outlines how these parks will be managed for the long-term protection of their special values.  

As reported in in January - (Issue 611) Short-Term Accommodation In Barrenjoey Headland Buildings has been Ruled Out - the new government intends to keep the Barrenjoey Headland precinct and its historic buildings available to ALL people ALL of the time and maintain the integrity and heritage value of the lightstation buildings. 

The formalised POM lists:
Building - Potential new or additional use
Barrenjoey Head
Barrenjoey Lighthouse - Guided tours
Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage -  Park management and/or community use, including visitor tours
Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage - Park management and/or community use, excluding short stay accommodation.
Boatman’s Cottage Staff - Site management staff or caretaker accommodation
Fishers’ cottages - Due to their state of disrepair and the presence of hazardous material these buildings may be removed - see above
Red Shed - Removal, park management or adaptation for interpretive purposes.

At The Basin:
Beechwood Cottage 
Current use: Group function venue
Potential new or additional use: Park management and/or community use or café/kiosk

The plan is available at:  HERE
Notice is hereby given, under section 61 of the Heritage Act 1977 that the Heritage Council of NSW has received an application (HMS ID 5329) for development at Barrenjoey Headland Lightstation, Palm Beach, NSW, 2108, which is within the curtilage of the State Heritage Register item Barrenjoey Head Lightstation (SHR no. 00979) made under the Heritage Act 1977.

Street address and suburb: Barrenjoey Headland Palm Beach, NSW, 2108
Applicant: National Parks and Wildlife Service
Submissions opening date: 9:00 am 23 February 2024
Submissions closing date: 5:00 pm 15 March 2024

Description of the proposal as per the section 60 application form: 
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service proposes to demolish and remove 2 former fishermen's cottages and remediate the site within Barrenjoey Headland Conservation Area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The Heritage Council of NSW invites written submissions regarding the proposal. Note that if a submission is made by way of objection, the reasons for objection must be specified in the submission. Unless you state otherwise, contents of your submission may also be provided to the applicant or other interested parties in some circumstances.

Hard copies of the documents may be inspected at the office location of Heritage NSW, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, Podium level, 4 Parramatta Square, 12 Darcy Street Parramatta, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (please note this is by appointment only).

Submissions can be made until close of business 15 March 2024.

NSW Heritage Management System: hms.heritage.nsw.gov.au/App/PublicSubmission
Post to: Heritage Council of NSW, Locked Bag 5020, Parramatta 2124.

Documents available at: 

West Head Lookout Works Completed

On Saturday February 17 2024 National Parks and Wildlife NSW quietly announced via a Facebook post the completion of works at West Head.

The post, with photos, stated:

West Head lookout in Kuring-Gai Chase National Park has recently reopened after significant upgrades offering some of Sydney’s most panoramic views, now safer for all.
Repairs to the site have prioritised visitor safety while preserving the original design features, reusing original sandstone and timber to conserve resources.

The iconic lookout offers incredible views over Pittwater towards Barrenjoey Head and across Broken Bay, stretching as far as the Central Coast. Visit the site and take in the magnificent vistas and sounds of waves crashing below, head to nearby Resolute picnic area for lunch or take a stroll along the Aboriginal Heritage walk.

An engineering inspection was completed as part of National Parks and Wildlife Service's Asset Management Program. This inspection revealed concerns about the structural stability of the lookout. Further investigation was undertaken, and advice was provided, which led to the installation of temporary fencing in May 2021.

In 2022, the National Parks and Wildlife Service prepared designs to address safety and structural issues. The designs, NPWS stated, considered concerns from stakeholders about protecting the heritage and aesthetic values of the site. 

In early 2023, a tender for construction works was released, and a contractor was appointed in April 2023. A works program was developed, and construction commenced on 25 May 2023. Works were expected to take approximately 6 months to complete. 

Closures were in place at West Head Road after Resolute Picnic Area. During the construction phase, there was no pedestrian or vehicle access in or around the West Head Lookout.

The works were completed in late 2023 and now look like this - as posted by the NPWSW on Facebook - and for all those who are not on Facebook or interested in social media posts - Pittwater Online shared the post on PON's FB page and some positive comments were posted:


Report/photos: A J Guesdon