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Draft State Strategic Plan for Crown land out now for submissions

You might not be aware of it but there are many properties and areas in the Eurobodalla that are on Crown Land and either leased directly from the Crown or are under the care and control of the Council or other government agencies. A few examples are The Boatshed on the foreshore in Batemans Bay, leased directly from the Crown for a nominal fee as are the Batemans Bay Beach Resort owned by Council and the Batemans Bay Marina. Added to this is the Hanging Rock Reserve. Throughout the region you will find Crown Reserves under Council's care and control that they either maintain or lease out such as the beach side caravan parks at Mourya North Head, Tuross Head, Dalmeny and Narooma. Most of our boatsheds are on Crown lands. Under the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (the Act) the NSW Government is required to create a State Strategic Plan for Crown land with the State Strategic Plan "setting the vision, priorities and overarching strategy for the management of Crown land and outline timeframes and outcomes." The NSW Government says that "Crown land is highly valued and enjoyed by individuals and diverse communities across the state. It is used for a wide variety of purposes, from farms, parks, reserves, roads and cemeteries, to showgrounds, campgrounds, surf clubs, community halls and industrial sites." To date the Crown Lands have been managed in a very clunky, red taped draconian fashion, as can be attested to by anyone trying to find out anything about a parcel of Crown Land. After numerous complaints there has been a reshuffle at the top and processes are improving. The draft State Strategic Plan that is now out for submissions identifies four key priority areas to "enable the use of Crown land to evolve and meet changing community needs."

The draft plan identifies outcomes for each of these priority areas, as well as short, medium and long term timeframes from 2020 through to 2030.

A draft say it offers range of initiatives to support the delivery of the outcomes . These include:

  • making more of our information available and transparent

  • standardising leasing and licensing for common activities

  • engaging and supporting a new generation of Crown land managers. More information HERE

Feedback on the draft State Strategic Plan for Crown land can be provided until midnight Thursday 20 August 2020 using any of the following options. Please make sure you specify your privacy preference when making a submission.

Online submission - Use our online submission tool to have your say now.

Mail: PO Box 2155, DANGAR NSW 2309

Please quote the reference SSP Crown Land and ensure your correspondence is posted in time to be received by the department prior to the closing date.

Email: cl.enquiries@crownland.nsw.gov.au

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