Protected Areas & Public Land Management

EDO NSW has produced a number of resources on protected areas and public land management

EDO NSW undertakes law reform work relevant to protected areas and public land management. Read our submissions below.

EDO NSW represents individuals and community groups in public interest litigation to protect the environment. Read about our past cases on protected areas and public land management.

Our Fact Sheets on this topic include protected areas.

See current opportunities for law reform in this area at Have Your Say about decisions relevant to protected areas and public land management.

Major review of biodiversity laws by NSW Government

The NSW Parliament has passed two new bills that will significantly change the urban and rural development assessment and approval process once they commence. Read more on our feature page.


NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Crown Land 2016 - EDO NSW submission

July 2016 – Download PDF

We support the Government’s aims to clarify and harmonise the complex laws on managing Crown lands to ensure the environmental and cultural values of Crown lands are recognised and protected.

In our submission, we reiterate recommendations made in previous submissions: our 10 principles for Crown lands management from our 2014 submission on Crown lands; and our Travelling Stock Reserves submission (December 2015).

We also make recommendations about the best process for changing the laws. We recommend public consultation on an exposure draft Crown Lands Bill prior to introduction to Parliament. This would improve the legislation and strengthen community confidence in the process and outcomes of any reforms. 

EDO NSW submission on the NSW Travelling Stock Reserves State Planning Framework 2016-19

3 December 2015 - Download PDF

We recommend the draft Framework be developed and clarified for the following issues:

  • Integration with other legislative, planning and biodiversity frameworks
  • Assessing environmental benefits, cumulative impacts and future threats
  • Primary use classification – methodology, criteria and implications
  • Community engagement, respect and dialogue about TSR roles in the future
  • Recognition of diverse indigenous interests in TSR management
  • Adequate resources and capacity
  • Identifying, monitoring and reporting outcomes
  • Piloting ecosystem services assessment and accounting
  • Legislative change must address community concerns about the wider Crown Lands Review.

EDO NSW submission on Local Land Services Draft State and Local Strategic Plans

20 November 2015 - Download PDF

Our submission makes three key recommendations

  1. Local Land Services (LLS) Strategic Plans should not be finalised until the full suite of LLS responsibilities has been clarified, given the significant changes that have been foreshadowed in relation to native vegetation and biodiversity legislation in NSW. Alternatively, the Strategic Plans should build in a formal review process when a new Biodiversity Conservation Act is passed.

  2. Strategies and performance indicators should be made ‘SMART’ (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely).

  3. The Strategic Plans should better articulate the clear role of LLS in ensuring compliance with environmental and natural resource management legislation.

Submission to the OEH public consultation on national parks establishment

13 April 2015 - Download PDF

Submission on Inquiry into the Commonwealth’s treaty-making process

27 February 2015 - Download PDF 

Submission on Draft Report - Active and adaptive management of cypress forests in the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas

8 August 2014 - Download PDF

Submission on the NSW Crown Lands Management Review

June 2014 - Download PDF

Submission on Draft NSW - Commonwealth Bilateral Approval Agreement

June 2014 - Download PDF

Senate Inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014

June 2014 - Download PDF

ANEDO submission to Federal parliamentary inquiry into environmental regulation

April 2014 - Download PDF

Draft Terms of Reference for a Threatened Species Commissioner (Commonwealth)

April 2014 - Download PDF

Submission on A New Local Government Act for NSW Final Report

4 April 2014 - Download

Review of the Weed Management in NSW – Draft Report

4 April 2014 - Download PDF

Submission on amendments to the NSW threatened species Priorities Action Statement

21 February 2014 - Download PDF

Submission on Draft NSW-Commonwealth Bilateral Assessment Agreement

December 2013 - Download PDF

Submission to the Inquiry into the Management of Public Lands in NSW 

31 August 2012 - Download PDF

Submission on Marine Parks Audit Report

30 June 2012 - Download PDF

ANEDO Submission on the Coral Sea Commonwealth marine reserve proposal

27 February 2012 - Download PDF

Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan

20 April 2012 - Download PDF

ANEDO Submission on the Commonwealth marine reserves network proposal and draft Marine Bioregional Plan for the Temperate East Marine Region

21 Feb 2012 - Download PDF

Submission to Independent Scientific Audit of Marine Parks in NSW

7 October 2011 - Download PDF

Submission on the National Parks and Wildlife Amendment Bill 2009

13 July 2009 - Download PDF

ANEDO Submission on NRS Draft Strategy

19 January 2009 - Download PDF

Proposed National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009

27 March 2009 - Download PDF

Submission to the Taskforce for Tourism and National Parks 

29 August 2008 - Download PDF

Inquiry into Australia 's national parks, conservation reserves and marine protected areas

1 March 2006 - Download PDF

Submission on the Land Protection Proposal 2004

1 July 2004 - Download PDF

briefing notes

ANEDO - Objections to the proposal for an environmental ‘one stop shop’

December 2013 - Download PDF

discussion papers