Coastal reforms

The NSW Government is working to deliver a new legislative and regulatory framework to better equip coastal communities to respond to existing and emerging coastal challenges and opportunities.

The elements of the reform are new legislation - the Coastal Management Act 2016 - a draft coastal management manual and a draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) with related maps.

The NSW Government will provide $83.6 million for coastal management over the next five years.

Media release

Minister for Planning and the Treasurer – NSW Budget: Biggest funding boost to coastal management since 1970s

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Public consultation on the coastal management reforms 2015-16

The full draft of the Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and related maps of the coastal management areas will be available for public comment later in 2016. The proposed Coastal Management SEPP will form part of the broader land-use planning framework in NSW. It will be a key environmental planning instrument for land-use planning in the coastal zone, and will deliver the statutory management objectives for each of the four coastal management areas that make up the coastal zone.

The Coastal Management Act 2016 will not commence until after this important second stage of public consultation.

On 13 November 2015, the NSW Government released a draft framework for coastal management for public consultation. Consultation closed on 29 February 2016. The NSW Government has prepared a submissions report on the public submissions received. The public consultation submissions are also available.

Download the Report (PDF 569KB)

In response to valuable community feedback obtained during the initial consultation phase, the draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and related maps of the coastal management areas will be released for public comment later in 2016.

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If you would like to receive updates as new information becomes available register your interest by emailing:

coastal.reforms@environment.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 27 July 2016