About the Audit
Pulu Keeling National Park (PKNP) is the Commonwealths smallest national park and is located in humid tropical zone of the Indian Ocean approximately 2900 km north west of Perth. The Park includes the entire land mass of North Keeling Island (covering 1.2 square kilometres) as well as a central lagoon and a marine zone extending 1.5 km around the island. The entire Park is listed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar convention on wetlands.
North Keeling Island is leased to the Director of National Parks (Director) by the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council (CKISC). The lease agreement requires that management plans for the Park establish and continue a Pulu Keeling National Park Community Management Committee (PKNPCMC), comprising the Director (or Directors nominee), three members nominated by the Director and six members nominated by the CKISC. The PKNPCMC generally meets twice a year and has the functions to:
- Provide the Director with its view in relation to the preparation and amendment of management plans for the Park; and
- Advise the Director in relation to matters arising under or connected with the management of the Park.
The PKNP management plan was passed through Parliament and came into force in 2004. It is a seven year plan, and work has commenced on the preparation of a new 10 year management plan to guide the management of the Park from 2011 to 2021.