Have your say on Crown land management

Wingham Showground is one of the 80 per cent of showgrounds situated on Crown lands. File photo
Wingham Showground is one of the 80 per cent of showgrounds situated on Crown lands. File photo

The NSW government is calling on the community to have their say on how to manage the State's vast Crown land assets now and into the future, with the draft Strategic Plan released on Thursday, July 20.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said there are more than 34 million hectares of Crown land in NSW covering 42 per cent of the State.

"Crown land is community land, this draft strategic plan aims to make more Crown land available for activities that generate economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits", Mrs Pavey said.

"Crown land leases can support farming, grazing and long-term affordable lease accommodation for community organisations like surf lifesaving clubs, showgrounds, community halls, the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Police Citizens Youth Clubs, scout and girl guide halls, and men's sheds."

The plan's four key priorities are:

  • enabling jobs growth and sustainable economic progress in regional and rural NSW;
  • expanding green space, sustainable quality of life and climate change resilience;
  • strengthening and supporting evolving community connections; and
  • working with Aboriginal communities to realise the potential of their land rights.

The community will have the opportunity to provide feedback and participate in consultation activities from Thursday, July 9, 2020 to August 20, 2020.

The draft State Strategic Plan for Crown Lands can be viewed at www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/ssp.