This report presents some facts and figures about Crown land, provides a brief history and summary of the legislation governing Crown land, and outlines the proposed reforms.
In March 2014, the NSW Government announced substantial changes to the management of Crown land in NSW, following a review by an inter-agency Steering Committee. The Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, said:
"The NSW Government will cut red tape, return decision making to local communities and protect community land uses such as surf clubs, scout halls and bowling clubs under the most significant reforms to Crown land management in a generation."
Over 600 submissions were made in response to the reform proposals, reflecting the economic, social and environmental significance of Crown land. The Government has indicated that new legislation will not be introduced until 2015.
This e-brief presents some facts and figures about Crown land, it provides a brief history and summary of the legislation governing Crown land, and it outlines the proposed reforms. The paper does not cover Indigenous claims over Crown land.