Under the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Parks and Wildlife Commission develops Plans of Management and Joint Management Plans to provide direction on the approach to managing the values of the park. Values include biological and natural values, cultural values, recreational values and tourism values. The Commission seeks to balance the values of the park with the development and use of parks and reserves, therefore ensuring the enjoyment of visitors and the ongoing protection of the park estate.
In many cases, Plans of Management are developed in consultation with the community – through stakeholder reference groups or community consultation meetings. In all cases, plans of management and joint management plans are circulated for public consultation, therefore ensuring the voice of the community is considered in the management of the park. In the case of Joint Management Plans, plans are drafted in consultation with Joint Management partners to ensure the aspirations of partners are included in the future plans of the park.