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Draft Community Engagement Strategy for Crown land management

Family eating lunch at beach. Photo: Dee Kramer Photography

Photo: Dee Kramer Photography

Crown land is used by the community for a wide range of activities and purposes including sporting fields and parks, open space, community halls, walking tracks and caravan and camping grounds. Some Crown land is used for schools, hospitals and other public purposes. Crown land can also be leased for commercial or agricultural purposes, as well as being released for land development and sale.

The community uses and benefits from Crown land, so it’s important for you to be involved in making the decisions on how land is enjoyed and managed.

We are developing a Community Engagement Strategy that will ensure decisions about Crown land you use and enjoy will be made in an open and transparent way.

The strategy will support the new Crown Land Management Act 2016 by setting out engagement requirements for certain dealings under the Act.

Communities needs vary and the strategy will allow for a range of engagement approaches to ensure community views are understood before important decisions are made.

The Draft Community Engagement Strategy

The Draft Community Engagement Strategy is currently on public exhibition for community feedback.

The webcast below outlines the draft strategy and process. A transcript is available.



Further information can be found in the following documents:

Or you can attend one of the community drop-in sessions to be held in:

Dubbo – Tuesday 31 October 3-6pm

Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre
Oxley Room
155 Darling Street
Dubbo NSW 2830

Ballina – Wednesday 1 November 3-6pm

Ballina Surf Club
Gawandi Room
65 Lighthouse Parade
East Ballina NSW 2478

Wagga Wagga – Thursday 2 November 3-6pm

Charles Sturt University
Gulballanna Room C
Boorooma Street
Wagga Wagga NSW 2678

Newcastle – Monday 6 November 3-6pm

Newcastle City Hall
Mulubinba Room
290 King Street
Newcastle NSW 2300

Sydney – Thursday 9 November 3-6pm

Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
280 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Submitting feedback

There are several ways to provide feedback on the draft strategy.

Submit your feedback by:

  • Email: ces.submissions@crownland.nsw.gov.au
  • Online: Submission form (below)
  • Mail: Draft Community Engagement Strategy submissions, PO Box 2185, Dangar NSW 2309
  • In person : Hand in a submission form at one of the community drop-in sessions.

Have your say by 26 November 2017.

All submissions and comments will be treated as public and may be published unless the author indicates that it is to be treated as confidential.

If you would like to be kept informed on developments about the strategy please register your interest by sending an email to: community.engagement@crownland.nsw.gov.au

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Questions you may like to consider

Question 1

The draft Community Engagement Strategy outlines that the Department of Industry, Crown Lands & Water staff and non-council Crown land managers can use their local knowledge to assess how a site is currently used and enjoyed by the community (Community Engagement Strategy, section 4).

For example, they may do this by considering whether people regularly use the site for sport, recreation or open space; whether people enjoy the site’s social, cultural or heritage values; or whether the site currently used by the local community for other purposes?

Can you suggest any other factors that Department staff and non-council Crown land managers could consider when assessing how a site is currently used and enjoyed by the community?

Question 2

The draft Community Engagement Strategy outlines several ways Department of Industry, Crown Lands & Water staff and non-council Crown land managers can use their local knowledge to assess whether a proposed dealing or activity may have a negative impact on current community use and enjoyment of a site.

For example, they may do this by considering whether community access may be prevented or restricted, or whether a payment may be introduced to use the site (Community Engagement Strategy, section 4).

Can you suggest any other considerations that Department staff and non-council Crown land managers could consider when assessing whether a proposed dealing or activity may have a detrimental impact on ‘current community use and enjoyment’ of a site?

Question 3

The draft Community Engagement Strategy describes the Crown land dealings and activities that are in-scope of the Community Engagement Strategy (Community Engagement Strategy, section 3).

Which of these in-scope dealings and activities are you most interested in and why?

Question 4

The draft Community Engagement Strategy specifies which Crown land dealings and activities are proposed to be exempt from the requirement to engage before a decision about a proposed dealing or activity is made.

For example, enclosure permits and domestic waterfront licences issued by the Department (Community Engagement Strategy, section 5).

Do you have any comments about the categories of dealings that are proposed to be exempt from engagement before a decision is made?

Please note the community may still be told of the outcome of decisions about completed dealings or activities through a designated site on the Department of Industry, Crown Lands & Water website.

Question 5

The draft Community Engagement Strategy outlines the engagement approaches (i.e. inform, consult and participate) and engagement activities (e.g. fact sheets, signage, submissions, surveys and workshops) that Department of Industry, Crown Lands & Water staff and non-council Crown land managers will use when engaging with the community about Crown land dealings and activities (Community Engagement Strategy, section 6).

Do you have any comments about the engagement activities specified in the Community Engagement Strategy for inform, consult and participate levels of engagement?

Are there other engagement activities you think should be considered?

Question 6

Department of Industry, Crown Lands & Water staff and non-council Crown land managers will be obliged to comply with the minimum engagement requirements for each in-scope dealing or activity detailed in the Community Engagement Strategy (Community Engagement Strategy, section 7).

Do you have any comments about the mandatory minimum engagement requirements for each of the in-scope dealings and activities identified in the Community Engagement Strategy?

Question 7

The draft Community Engagement Guidance and Resources document provides a library of resources, such as fact sheets and a glossary of engagement activities, to support Department of Industry, Crown Lands & Water staff and non-council Crown land managers as they deliver the requirements of the Community Engagement Strategy (Community Engagement Guidance and Resources, Resources section).

Are there any other resources or templates that you think should be included in the resources section of the Community Engagement Guidance and Resources to support Department staff and non-council Crown land managers as they implement the engagement requirements of the Strategy?