October 26 - November 1, 2014: Issue 186

 Barrenjoey Headland Thriving After Bushfires of Spring 2013

 Pictured: Rob Stokes inspecting the progress of the works with National Parks and Wildlife Service staff. Photo supplied.


Friday 24 October 2014  

Environment Minister Rob Stokes today announced more than $3 million over four years to restore the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and revitalise the Barrenjoey Headland heritage precinct. 

Mr Stokes inspected the regeneration of Barrenjoey headland, a year after fire tore through bushland and damaged heritage buildings at the National Park site.

“Last Spring, fire burnt 90 per cent of this beautiful headland. This fire was a stark reminder of how much we all value this special place in Sydney,’ Mr Stokes said.

“As we can see the headland has made a remarkable recovery, thanks to the hard work of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the local Barrenjoey Keepers volunteers and the remarkable resilience of our native plants and animals. 

“I am pleased to announce the NSW Government’s $3.3 million investment will fund essential restoration work on Barrenjoey Lighthouse, which was built in 1881 and has stood against the elements for more than 140 years. 

“They will restore the sandstone structure, clean away lichen and de-salinate areas of the tower where corrosive salt has built up. 

“Funds will also go into internal repairs, safety upgrades, landscaping, bushland restoration and construction of the sandstone flagged access trail and Smuggler’s Track.

“Locals and visitors will notice scaffolding around the lighthouse while stonemasons commence work, which is expected to take around 12 weeks.” 

Funding for this financial year will total $1 million for works at the site.

This follows $720,000 provided last financial year for works including the conservation of two heritage cottages that originally housed the lighthouse head keeper and assistant. A further $1.6 million will be provided for further restoration and conservation works on the cottages and other structures over the next two years. 

The lighthouse was listed on the State Heritage Register in 1999 and transferred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service in 2002.



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To A.J.G. (Editor of Pittwater Online News), received Friday 24th of October, 2014:

Thank you for your submission on the draft amendment to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island Nature Reserves Plan of Management relating to a proposal for increased horse riding opportunities and additional visitor opportunities at Barrenjoey Head. The amendment was placed on public exhibition from Friday 31 May 2013 to Friday 26 July 2013. 

There were 230 submissions received relating to horse riding opportunities and covering a wide range of issues. Submissions were considered and NPWS supported recommendations regarding visitor education and enforcement including signage, design of tracks to minimise environmental impacts, monitoring, cross-tenure matters, track closure and rehabilitation of unauthorised tracks.

There were 170 submissions received relating to additional visitor opportunities at Barrenjoey Head. In considering the submissions NPWS took into account the strong opposition to aspects of the amendment relating to commercial development of the headland. NPWS supported recommendations emphasising the role of the conservation management plan in guiding and limiting development at Barrenjoey Head, restricting use of buildings and limiting potential construction of new buildings to public toilets.

On 24 October 2014 NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced the adoption of the amendment to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island Nature Reserves Plan of Management and the current plan of management can be found at: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/ParkManagementPlans.htm 

Should you wish to follow-up on this matter please email mne.planning@environment.nsw.gov.au

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park’s future.


Metro North East Administration


From above website's links:

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island Nature Reserves: plan of management

Plans of management contain information on the natural environments, Aboriginal heritage, history, and recreational opportunities in a park. Plans of management are legal documents, explaining how a park will be managed.

This plan was adopted in May 2002 and amended in October 2014.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island Nature Reserves: plan of management  (PDF, 1.48MB) At: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/KuRingGaiChaseAndIslandsMgmtplan.htm

Page last updated: 24 October 2014

Extracts from above document:

*The shacks and boat shed at the base of Barrenjoey Head will be recorded and may be removed guided by the provisions of the Barrenjoey Headland Conservation Management Plan 2012 and, where appropriate, provisions of the NSW Heritage Act. 

* Management of Barrenjoey Head will be guided by the policies of the Barrenjoey Headland Conservation Management Plan 2012, the Heritage Landscape Plan for Barrenjoey Headland, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park 2003, and the provisions of the NSW Heritage Act. 

* The buildings at Barrenjoey Head may be adaptively re-used for any purpose consistent with the policies of the endorsed 2012 Conservation Management Plan and the management principles for national parks including accommodation for visitors, interpretation or caretaker accommodation. Any adaptive reuse will also be consistent with the provisions of the NSW Heritage Act including the requirement for approval by the NSW Heritage Council under the NSW Heritage Act. 

*At Barrenjoey Head, all works to the buildings or the site will require a permit under section 60 of the NSW Heritage Act unless covered by the Heritage Council’s ‘Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval.’ Any excavation will need to comply with the requirements of the Heritage Act and be undertaken in accordance with any conditions imposed by an approval issued under the Act 



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 Barrenjoey Lighthouse, ca. 1900-1910, Image No: a116418, courtesy State Library of NSW;  Mona Vale Library Image's state this is circa 1890 and Captain William Champion is gentleman to right of this sepia photo. William Henry Champion was last Customs Officer at Barrenjoey Broken Bay Customs Station 1891-1903.

CHAMPION. —March 10, 1906, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Captain William Henry Champion, late of Barrenjoey, Broken Bay, aged 71 years. Family Notices. (1906, March 12). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14758211