Submission to the Inquiry into regional planning processes in NSW

Submission to the Inquiry into regional planning processes in NSW

February 2016 - Download PDF

This EDO NSW submission focuses on five issues that are critical to regional planning:

  1. Ecologically sustainable development (ESD) – confirm ESD as an overarching guiding principle for regional development.
  2. Strategic planning – should be legislated, coordinated, evidence-based, apply ESD principles, and maintain or improve environmental outcomes to support our society and economy. 
  3. Natural resource management (NRM) goals and data – adopt statewide NRM goals and targets that can apply to the regions. Invest in data on ecosystems their services, including a state environmental accounts framework.
  4. Climate change readiness – NSW needs a greenhouse mitigation strategy and targets linked to the planning system. Any future regional planning framework must consider climate change risks and impacts (mitigation and adaptation).
  5. Community engagement – regional communities, including Aboriginal communities and Traditional Owners, should have better, earlier and more accessible ways to help plan the future of their towns, cities and environments.