Shaping environmental laws

Many environmental laws merely set out the framework for protecting the environment and rely on community involvement for proper protection. You can proactively seek to improve environmental laws through these processes.

  • To submit a proposal to the NSW government that land be declared as or added to a wilderness area, contact the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. This is a formal opportunity under the Wilderness Act 1987 (NSW). There is no such formal opportunity to nominate national parks or other protected areas. However, you may wish to consider making a submission to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to declare land a national park or other type of protected area.
  • The NSW Boards and Committees register is a list of people interested in serving on NSW Government boards and committees, such as reserve trusts for the protection of certain areas of environmental and heritage significance. Visit the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet website for more for more information.
  • Many councils have community advisory and consultative committees which may act as a liaison between the council and the community, or advise the council on matters such as the environment, heritage, and building and development. Contact your local council to speak to them about joining a committee.