Acquisitions to the parks system may involve:
- the purchase of private land
- the transfer of public land.
Proposals involving private land purchases
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service acquires land by agreement under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. When land is offered for sale, the dealings are commercial-in-confidence, and a landowner’s privacy and confidentiality must be respected. Therefore, it is generally not possible for the community to be involved in the process of purchasing private land.
Proposals involving public land transfers
The community may be able to be involved in acquisition proposals for public land where:
- the government agency responsible for the land supports this
- it is not part of a broader public land assessment that requires other consultation mechanisms.
We may seek community input for our decision-making process when proposals to acquire public land involve:
- relatively large parcels of land
- land that is currently being used for activities that would be unlikely to continue if the land was acquired because they are incompatible with national park objectives
- potential adverse socio-economic impacts on a local community.