Department of Planning, Industry and Environment executive director of Local Government and Economic Policy Luke Walton states that the Aboriginal Land State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Guideline is inspired by a framework utilised by Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council on the Central Coast and will aid 120 Local NSW Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) in deriving more use from their land.

Darkinjung is the most sizable non-Governmental landholder on the Central Coast with 3,700 hectares of land. Their fresh planning framework has succeeded in helping them advance planning proposals through the system for residential development, employment lands and conservation plans, said Walton.

The new guideline will reveal options for LALCs so they can derive economic and community benefits from their land for many years to come, he stated.

The measures fit the planning system more closely with the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, encouraging enhanced governance, empowerment, strategic planning and more efficient land usage, he continued.

The new Guideline will supply tools and help to LALCs by defining:

  • The procedure for including land in the Aboriginal Land SEPP;
  • The procedure for preparing a Development Delivery Plan;
  • Guidance to help LALCs decide whether the Aboriginal Land SEPP is the best development path; and
  • Planning support to aid LALCs in the navigation of the planning system.


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