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The Crown land (the Department) is responsible for the environmental management of lands under its control. A variety of activities are undertaken each year.

Compliance and Enforcement Policy

The department has a focus on compliance and enforcement, which is based on four key principles:

  • education and awareness
  • monitoring
  • auditing
  • compliance investigations

The department's compliance activities are guided by policy (PDF, 274.8 KB) to deliver consistency with the broad role of promoting effective natural resource and Crown land management.


Bushfire mitigation works

The department has a statutory responsibility under the Rural Fires Act 1997 as a public authority to take any practical steps to prevent the occurrence and to minimise the spread of bushfires on or from, land under its control.

Fire trails and asset protection zones actively managed by the department on Crown land were utilised by fire authorities to manage and suppress a number of significant bush fire over recent years including at Port Stephens, Kurri Kurri, Wyee, Putty and Shoalhaven.

The department develops an annual Bushfire Risk Management Plan and Bushfire Mitigation Works Program. The department invested $5.38 million on hazard reduction and fire trail work on Crown land in 2015-16 to mitigate against the impacts of bushfire on communities.

The program includes the maintenance of fire trails and asset protection zones within bush fire districts across the state. Major expenditure is occurring in Sydney, the South West and Hunter as part of the program, with a large proportion of the work involving ongoing mitigation works in extreme risk areas.

Weed and pest management

The department partners with the Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services to manage weeds and pests on Crown land, working with Biosecurity NSW and other stakeholders to implement the NSW Biosecurity Strategy. It also provides annual grants under the Public Reserve Management Fund allowing Reserve trust managers to apply for weed and pest control funding.

Natural resource management (NRM)

The department is responsible for the environmental management of lands under its control. We work to improve the natural resource condition of the Crown estate through a Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting strategy and Natural Resources Management Plan. This Plan guides the prioritisation of NRM works on ground and the capture of spatial information about the works we do. Many partner stakeholders are involved in this work to ensure that NRM is managed across public land in NSW, as part of the "tenure-neutral" approach, and it is guided by numerous regulations and policies under a range of Government agencies, including Office of Environment and Heritage.

For further information on natural resource management call 1300 886 235 or email us.