Policy adopted January 1998
Policy last updated January 2020
Scope and application
This policy applies to all lands acquired or reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) except for lands reserved under Part 4A of the Act (unless the Board of Management for those lands has adopted the policy). However, NPWS staff can use the policy as guidance in their dealings with Boards of Management.
This policy applies to all fencing separating parks and adjoining lands, whether the fence is on the surveyed boundary of the adjoining land or on a mutually agreed line other than the surveyed boundary.
This policy aims to:
- explain how NPWS will assist park neighbours with boundary fencing
- clarify the responsibilities of NPWS and adjoining landholders for constructing, maintaining, repairing and replacing boundary fencing
- outline a streamlined process for repairing or replacing boundary fencing that has been damaged or destroyed by fires, floods or other natural events.
Adjoining landowner means an owner or manager of land that has a common cadastral (surveyed or mapped) boundary with a reserve or land managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Conservation risk assessment (CRA) means a rapid assessment of a minor activity or small-scale work in a park that qualifies as exempt development under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007. The activity or small-scale work must have minimal environmental impact (under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979) to qualify as exempt development.
A CRA must address impacts on:
- threatened species, threatened populations, endangered ecological communities or critical habitat
- Aboriginal objects or places
- heritage items or relics under the Heritage Act 1977
- matters of national environmental significance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (for example, migratory species, nationally threatened species and World Heritage values)
- land subject to State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) with respect to coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests.
A CRA is not a statutory assessment or approval. If a proposal will impact on matters such as historic heritage, Aboriginal objects or places, or threatened species then separate statutory approvals may be required.
Park means a reserve gazetted under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, including a national park, nature reserve, historic site, Aboriginal area, State conservation area, karst conservation reserve, or regional park, or any land acquired by the Minister under Part 11 of the Act.
This section outlines NPWS staff with significant responsibilities for ensuring implementation of the policy.
|13. Entering into a fencing agreement
|20. Approving requests to repair or replace fencing damaged or destroyed by natural events