Ongoing Opportunities to Have Your Say
There are ongoing opportunities to have your say in decisions impacting the environment. View these within your topic area of interest below
There are opportunities for Aboriginal people to have a say about how the environment and heritage is protected, how protected areas are managed, and how the impacts of certain developments on Aboriginal objects and places are managed. There are also opportunities to participate in government reviews of legislation protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Regulatory responses to climate change exist at the international, national and State levels. Climate change, being a global issue, is primarily the subject of international agreements which seek to place obligations on individual nations to take steps to address climate change by reducing their emissions. There are opportunities for the community to participate in strategic planning processes, and monitoring and enforcement.
Coastal areas are areas of land next to the sea and the region adjoining them. There are several opportunities for the public to have a say about coastal protection, including strategic planning and policy making, development assessment, temporary coastal protection works, and after development consent has been given.
Protected areas such as national parks account for only a small fraction of land in Australia. Landholders therefore have an essential role to play in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. There are many legislative and policy initiatives which aim to improve land use practices and environmental management on private property.
Forests, native vegetation, and trees are protected in NSW under several different frameworks, which regulate forestry operations on public land, forestry operations on private land, also known as private native forestry, land clearing in rural areas, and impacts on trees and bushland in urban areas.
There are opportunities to have your say about mining and coal seam gas (CSG) activities whether it is on your land, in your local community, or somewhere else in the State. There are also provisions allowing landholders to have a say on how mining and CSG activities can be carried out.
There are laws at both national and State levels designed to protect native plants and animals (also known as biodiversity). There are many opportunities to have your say about biodiversity conservation. Mechanisms for the protection of native plants and animals include overarching tools, protective mechanisms, and planning mechanisms.
Planning and development is regulated under NSW laws and policies generally known as planning law. There are generally three types of opportunities for the public to have a say about building and development - at the strategic planning and policy making stage, at the development assessment stage, and after development consent has been given.
Pollution can include air, water, and noise pollution, as well as contaminated land and dumped rubbish. It is important to ensure that pollution is controlled and waste is managed so that our impact on the environment is minimised. There are opportunities for the community to be involved at strategic planning, regulatory reform, and monitoring and enforcement stages.
Protected areas are mainly protected through restrictions on development in those protected areas, and by the implementation of Plans of Management. It is unlawful to take actions in a protected area that are not in accordance with that area’s plan of management. Opportunities to comment include reserve management planning and monitoring and enforcement.
The responsibility for regulating water management largely falls to the States. However, the Australian Government has assumed an increasingly active role in this area. There are opportunities to comment at strategic planning, regulatory development, and monitoring and enforcement stages.