The diversity and extent of the Crown estate mean it will continue to play a role in bringing communities together.
The estate already benefits from contributions by many different stakeholders, including local government, community and not-for-profit organisations, and individual volunteers. Determining public value locally and the ongoing delivery of local community benefit are a key focus in implementing Crown land 2031. Strong community connections will remain essential.
- Crown land manager network grows in size and capability
- Crown land assets are accessed, activated and sustained
- New opportunities for community hubs are identified and enhanced
Crown land can be used in many different ways to facilitate investment and economic growth. Crown land 2031 establishes a strategic framework to encourage investment, facilitate innovative uses and rethink the way Crown land contributes to the economy.
- Increase in community benefit from investment on Crown land
- Regional tourism diversifies through activation of Crown land
- Innovative industries prosper in the regions
Aboriginal land rights and native title
Aboriginal land rights and native title interests are key to reconciliation and achieving economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes in NSW.
Crown land 2031 provides a commitment to uphold and progress land rights and native title interests in NSW. In addition to supporting these existing processes, Crown Lands will work with Aboriginal landowners and native title holders in the co-design and adoption of co-management strategies to unlock multiple benefits from land.
- Land returned to Aboriginal communities
- Multiple co-management initiatives are established
- Measurable contribution to national ‘Closing the Gap’ targets
Protect cultural heritage
Crown land encompasses important cultural heritage including Aboriginal heritage assets, both built and natural. As part of a whole-of-government approach, Crown land has an ongoing role in the protection of cultural heritage and Aboriginal heritage in NSW.
- Cultural heritage sites on Crown land are identified and protected
- Aboriginal sites on Crown land are identified and protected in partnership with local communities
- Aboriginal people lead the management of Aboriginal culture and heritage on Crown land
Crown land 2031 will prioritise the identification, protection and expansion of environmental assets on Crown land, expand green and open space and promote activities that build climate resilience.
- Green spaces in urban areas are increased
- Environmental values on Crown land are identified, enhanced and protected
- Crown land contributes to climate resilience
Tracking our progress
Actions and pilots in the First Action Plan will lay the foundations for delivering Crown land 2031 priorities. There are 5 focus areas and 6 pilot programs as part of the plan.