Submission on the Koala SEPP Review (State Environmental Planning Policy 44 – Koala Habitat Protection)

Koala SEPP Review (State Environmental Planning Policy 44 – Koala Habitat Protection) – EDO NSW submission

January 2017 - Download PDF

See also EDO NSW’s 2010 submission on the Koala SEPP, December 2010

The Koala SEPP was introduced in 1995 to conserve and manage koala habitat against local development impacts. This submission comments on NSW Government proposals to amend the SEPP’s:

  • Aims and Definitions
  • Application to listed tree species and Local Council areas
  • Development Assessment processes and Guidelines
  • Plan-making provisions (proposed Local Planning Directions), and
  • Local Environmental Study requirements.

The submission also lists 7 further issues that the Koala SEPP review should address:

  • Relationship between Koala SEPP and future NSW koala strategy
  • Further information and analysis of the SEPP’s effectiveness
  • Expanding the scope of development covered by the SEPP (not just council approvals)
  • Cumulative impacts and the ‘1 hectare limit’ on assessable projects
  • Koala SEPP must be climate change ready
  • Monitoring, auditing and reporting, and
  • Statutory review periods.

Link to these submissions