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Review of the Catchment Management Authorities Act 2003

 

The purpose of the Act is to establish Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) as the key regional government bodies to manage the State's natural resources at the catchment level. The CMAs are responsible for developing Catchment Action Plans (CAPs) and facilitating natural resource management investment in their regions.

Section 44 of the Catchment Management Authorities Act 2003 (the CMA Act) requires the Minister to review the Act within five years of its date of assent to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and that the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

A review of the CMA Act has been undertaken by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) at the request of the previous Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, the Honourable Carmel Tebbutt MP.

The Review Process

In May 2009, DECCW invited submissions on the review by advertising in public media and writing to a number of key stakeholders. Sixteen submissions were received on the review from a number of CMAs, representative bodies, other government agencies, local government, statutory bodies, and members of the public. These submissions generally expressed strong support for the current work of the CMAs and their contribution to the delivery of natural resource management at a catchment level in NSW.

Statutory reviews of the Natural Resources Commission Act 2003 and the Native Vegetation Act 2003 were undertaken in parallel, but separate to, the review of the CMA Act. These three key pieces of legislation together establish the NSW natural resource management framework.

Reviews of the Native Vegetation Act and the Natural Resources Commission Act can be accessed here:

Outcomes from the Review

The review of the CMA Act found that:

  1. the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives
  2. a number of policy and administrative issues were raised that can be further considered by government.

 

Download a copy of the full Report on the Review of the Catchments Management Authorities Act 2003 (09726revcmaactrpt.pdf, 932KB)

Page last updated: 27 February 2011