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Draft Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy 2017-2037: Public consultation

The Draft Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy 2017-2037 is now available for review and comment.

The exhibition of the draft strategy provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say on the priorities for government investment in private land conservation. Submissions close 5pm 15 December 2017.

The following documents are available for comment:

Frequently asked questions

What is the Draft Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy 2017-2037?

The Draft Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy 2017–2037 sets the government's priorities for investing in private land conservation over a 20-year period. It will guide the newly created Biodiversity Conservation Trust to deliver the government's investment in private land conservation – $240 million over 5 years and ongoing funding of $70 million each following year, subject to performance reviews.

Why is the draft strategy being developed?

The strategy is a key component of the government's comprehensive new framework for private land conservation established under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. Under the Act, the Minister for the Environment is to publish a Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy as soon as practicable after the commencement of the Act (following consultation on a draft strategy).

What is the Biodiversity Conservation Trust?

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust was established on 25 August 2017 with the commencement of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. The Trust will support and encourage landholders to enter into agreements to protect biodiversity on their land. Information about the Trust and its functions can be found at NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust.

What is the relationship between the draft strategy and the National Parks System Directions Statement?

The National Parks System Directions Statement guides the building of the state's network of public conservation reserves. Together with the Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy 2017–2037, these two documents will work towards establishing an integrated protected area system across public and private land in New South Wales.

The Draft National Parks System Directions Statement is also on public exhibition at: Draft National Parks System Directions Statement: Public consultation.

When will the strategy be finalised?

The government will consider the feedback it receives during this consultation period and intends to publish a final strategy early in 2018.

How can I get more information about the draft strategy?

For more information about the draft strategy, please contact or 1800 931 717.

Making a submission

You are invited to submit your feedback on the draft strategy by 5pm 15 December 2017.

All submissions received during the exhibition period will be considered. Consultation questions have been provided at the end of each chapter of the draft strategy to help guide your feedback. Some suggestions to ensure we understand your ideas and desired outcomes:

  • write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you
  • note which part or section of the draft strategy your comments relate to
  • give reasoning in support of your points - this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us to consider your ideas
  • if you agree or support a particular part or idea in the draft strategy, please tell us
  • if you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree
  • it is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

You can provide your written submission in either of the following ways:

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By email
Email your submission to:

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By mail
Post your written submission to:
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Conservation Programs Branch
Level 12
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 2000

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Make a submission online by using the online form below

Your privacy

Your comments on the draft strategy may include personal information. Office of Environment and Heritage complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For more information, see the Office of Environment and Heritage privacy page.

Your submission, in whole or part, or as part of a summary, may be made publicly available on our website. If you object to such publication, please indicate that on your submission. Should an access application under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 be received that requests access to your submission, your views about the release will be sought, if you have indicated that you object to it being made public.

Online submission form

Public exhibition for this document is open until 5pm 15 December 2017.

During this period, members of the public are invited to comment on the document, by sending a submission.

The information you provide in this form will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. By submitting, you consent to storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy. You can request access and amendment of your personal information.
Page last updated: 17 November 2017