Community Engagement Strategy Crown Land Management Act 2016
Submission on draft Community Engagement Strategy under Crown Land Management Act 2016 - EDO NSW submission
December 2017 - Download submission
In this submission EDO NSW calls for a reorientation of the draft Strategy from a narrow concern with present “use and enjoyment” to focus instead on the recognised importance of the long-term values and significance of Crown lands.
We also recommend a more open and inclusive approach to engagement that recognises its many benefits, especially for informed decision-making. This reflects the new Act, its objects and the management principles and reflects contemporary expectations of community engagement regarding long-term interests and diverse public lands.
We make 6 key recommendations to strengthen the draft Community Engagement Strategy:
- Replace proposed “current use and enjoyment” trigger with a broader test that recognises the long-term values and significance of Crown lands
- Community engagement and other criteria should inform impact assessment by Crown land managers
- Significantly reduce exceptions and exemptions from community engagement
- Engagement principles – Crown land managers should be Accountable and Responsive
- The Strategy and the Regulation must require land managers to consider public submissions in decision-making
- Format of the Strategy must be clear and enforceable.
This is the latest in a series of submissions on the Crown land reforms.