In October last year the NSW Legislative Council Planning and Environment Committee released its Report on its Inquiry Crown Land in NSW. The Committee was tasked with determining a Crown Land Management System for the 21st century, including the benefits of active use and management, the best mechanisms to preserve Crown Land, and the extent of Aboriginal Land Claims.
Crown Land in NSW is 42% of the state’s land. 53 000 tenures exist over crown land and the Committee therefore concluded that a one-sized-fits-all approach is an inadequate resolution to an efficient Crown Land management system. Instead, a management system based on classes of land in collaboration with consultations models similar to the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).
Key recommendations include the development of a strategic plan for Crown Land management, the appointment of a Crown Lands Commissioner, greater collaboration with local councils regarding public land, the potential introduction of a shared equity scheme for affordable housing on Crown Land, an audit of Crown Land and associated environmental value, and the completion of the Aboriginal Land Agreements Pilot Program.
This week the NSW Government completely endorsed the Report and all of its recommendations.
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