Minister for Environment and Energy Matt Kean has announced a new plan of management for Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area, which allows for further planning on a mountain bike track proposal.
Mr Kean said the new plan of management balances the important ecology of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area with its place as one of the most significant nature-based attractions in the central west.
“Mount Canobolas is important to the people of Orange and the surrounding area for a range of reasons.
“It protects one of the largest remnants of subalpine vegetation in central NSW and supports more than 120 native animal species, including threatened species,” Mr Kean said.
“Recognising its ongoing popularity as a place to view striking vistas of the surrounding landscape, the new plan of management also enables redevelopment of the Mount Canobolas summit to improve visitor experience and safety.
“One of my first visits when I became Minister was to Mount Canobolas to hear first-hand about the park and the mountain bike proposal.
“I am pleased to be able to release the new plan of management, enabling the proponents of the mountain bike track led by Orange City Council to consider how their proposal might be developed in the new legal framework.
“Any proposed development on the site would be subject to rigorous environmental assessment.