Responding to government proposals
The national, State and local governments regularly invite input from the community on proposed changes to environmental laws.
- To comment on strategic assessments under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), visit the Australian Environment Department’s website. Strategic assessments are landscape scale assessments that look at a wide range of actions in an area. They can include assessments of nationally protected areas, fire management, and the impact of industries on the environment.
- To comment on proposals for and reviews of the types of activities that can be conducted in protected areas, visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website. Certain activities are prohibited in some protected areas. Sometimes activities that would otherwise be prohibited can be approved by the Government following an assessment of the impacts of the activity on the environment. For more infoamtion about protected areas, see our Fact Sheet on protected areas.
- To comment on draft plans of management for national parks in NSW, visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s website. Plans of management are important because they set out how native plants and animals will be protected in the park and how people can use the park. Draft plans of management are placed on public exhibition before they are finalised, and the public can submit comments to the Office of Environment and Heritage. For more information about plans of management for national parks, see our Fact Sheet on protected areas.
- Contact your local council to comment on proposals to reclassify land from community to operational. Councils must arrange a public meeting to discuss a proposal to reclassify community land as operation land.
- To comment on draft plans of management and other documents relating to Crown land, visit the NSW Trade and Investment Crown Land website.