Strategic Regional Land Use

The NSW Government has created a system to protect strategic agricultural land and water resources, and create jobs and investment for regional communities by providing certainty for landholders and mining companies.

Strategic Land Use Policy

The Strategic Regional Land Use Policy has been implemented to identify, map and protect valuable residential and agricultural land across the State from the impacts of mining and Coal Seam Gas (CSG) activity.

The policy includes the following measures:

  • Introduction of a Gateway process toadd an extra level of scrutiny to new State significant mining and CSG proposals on biophysical strategic agricultural land (BSAL) and the Upper Hunter equine and viticulture critical industry clusters (CICs).
  • Establishment of the Mining and Petroleum Gateway Panel (Gateway Panel) to oversee the Gateway process.
  • Introduction of CSG exclusion zones to existing residential areas in all 152 councils in NSW and the North West and South West Growth Centres in Sydney.

Mining State Environment Planning Policy Amendment 2013

In late 2013, the government amended the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 (Mining SEPP) to include:

  • Extending CSG exclusion zones to future residential growth areas in 56 council areas across the State, and seven rural residential areas that meet ‘village’ criteria.
  • Revising maps of the equine and viticulture CICs in the Upper Hunter region following a review process of the maps that were published in the Upper Hunter Strategic Regional Land Use Plan.
  • Mapping of an additional one million hectares of biophysical strategic agricultural land across the State.
  • The mapping of two million hectares of strategic agricultural land across the Upper Hunter and New England North West Regions.
  • The requirement for Agricultural Impact Statements at exploration stage.
  • Establishing a Land and Water Commissioner to oversee regulation of exploration activity before it occurs, and oversee land access agreements between land holders and miners
  • An Aquifer Interference Policy that codifies assessment and protection of underground water.
  • New Codes of Practice for the Coal Seam Gas industry covering well integrity and hydraulic fracturing.
  • The Government exhibited additional amendments to the Mining SEPP from 4 October to 8 November 2013: 
  • To extend CSG exclusion zones to future residential growth areas in 56 council areas across the State, and seven rural residential areas that meet ‘village’ criteria. 
  • Revised maps of the equine and viticulture CICs in the Upper Hunter region following a review process of the maps that were published in the Upper Hunter Strategic Regional Land Use Plan. 
  • Mapping of an additional one million hectares of biophysical strategic agricultural land across the State. 

For further information, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/srlup

For more information about the Policy call 1300 305 695.

Further information about the Gateway Panel visit: www.mpgp.nsw.gov.au 

 

Land and Water

The New South Wales Land and Water Commissioner, Jock Laurie, has been appointed by the NSW Government to provide independent advice to the community regarding exploration activities on Strategic Agricultural Land throughout the state.

For more information about the Land and Water Commissioner visit the Division of Resources and Energy website.

 

Aquifer Interference

This new policy covers the assessment and protection of underground water in New South Wales.

For more information about water management visit the Office of Water website.

 

Coal Seam Gas

New codes of practice have been established for coal seam gas well integrity and hydraulic fracture stimulation.

For more information about coal seam gas visit the Division of Resources and Energy website.