Last week the government introduced the Crown Land Management Bill 2016 (NSW) into Parliament. The Bill will simplify, through consolidation, the laws surrounding the use of Crown Land in NSW through two stages. The first stage will establish a new legislative regime for Crown land; whilst the second stage will make consequential amendments necessary because of this Bill.
The Bill will create an inventory of Crown land in NSW. Crown land will no longer be held in reserve trusts but rather administered by Crown land managers. In the Second Reading Speech, the Land and Water Minister stated the amendments ‘will not lead to the wholesale or widespread sale or disposal of Crown land.’ However, the Opposition expressed concern for Division 4.3 which permits the Minister to vest Crown land in other government agencies. The Bill is currently before the Legislative Council.
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