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Implementation Plan

The New England North West Regional Plan 2036 is the NSW Government’s strategy for guiding land use planning decisions for the New England North West for the next 20 years.

The New England North West consists of twelve local government areas: Armidale Regional, Glen Innes Severn, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Moree Plains, Narrabri, Tamworth Regional, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha.

The Regional Plan sets out four goals for the New England North West:

  • A strong and dynamic regional economy;
  • A healthy environment with pristine waterways;
  • Strong infrastructure and transport networks for a connected future; and
  • Attractive and thriving communities.
The NSW Government has established a dedicated new body, the New England North West Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee, to oversee implementation of the vision, goals and actions in the Regional Plan. An annual monitoring report will be prepared to outline progress against the implementation plan.

Purpose

Responsibility for implementing actions and monitoring the intended outcomes in the Regional Plan is shared with our important regional stakeholders, including Councils, other State agencies, service providers and the development industry. All stakeholders need to have a good understanding of the priorities and the deliverables.

The purpose of this Implementation Plan is to:

  • ensure ongoing collaboration and agreement on the implementation of actions;
  • assign accountabilities for the implementation of actions;
  • explain the role of different groups and committees involved in implementation;
  • guide the New England North West Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee in its role of overseeing delivery of the Regional Plan; and
  • inform the Annual Monitoring Report.

Goals, directions and actions

The Regional Plan comprises four goals, 24 directions and 95 actions. The goals articulate the intended outcome; the directions identify the broad issues or policy areas that we need to focus on; and the actions represent the steps we need to take or initiatives we need to implement to achieve the goals. Actions are either implemented as strategies or as initiatives. 

The NSW Government has identified a lead agency and relevant partner stakeholders for each action. The lead agency is responsible for project managing the various tasks required to ensure success. Key stakeholders are those agencies, councils or organisations considered important partners for implementation. The list of partners is not exclusive and additional stakeholders may be identified as implementation progresses. 

Indicative timings for actions are as follows:

  • Immediate – 0-2 years;
  • Short term – 3-5 years;
  • Medium term – 5-10 years;
  • Long term – 10+ years.
Some actions are also designated as ‘ongoing’ to reflect their delivery being achieved through Local Environmental Plans, local planning strategies and other land use planning that is required to be consistent with the Regional Plan.

Each action in the Regional Plan will be implemented through a mix of mechanisms that reflect a range of ongoing strategies and initiatives that will deliver on the vision and directions in the Plan, including: 

Strategies:

  • Local planning directions issued under Section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 by the Minister for Planning that ensure council planning strategies and controls are consistent with the vision and guiding principles of the Regional Plan;
  • Integrated planning and reporting under the Local Government Act 1993; and
  • Whole-of-government policy alignment. Progress on delivering these actions will be reviewed as part of any review or adjustment to the Regional Plan.

Progress on delivering these actions will be reviewed as part of any review or adjustment to the Regional Plan. 

Initiatives:

  • Matters that require partnership between Councils and the NSW Government;
  • Publication of reports or data; and
  • Regional collaboration across government, business, key stakeholders and the wider community for specific projects and processes.

Priorities for the New England North West are creating a competitive and dynamic regional economy, protecting natural areas, providing effective transport and infrastructure connections and developing resilient and attractive communities. Actions to support these outcomes represent the immediate areas of focus.

Eight priority actions have been identified for implementation in 2017–2019. These actions respond to strong representations made in feedback to the draft Regional Plan or are areas where initial investigations or planning are required. These priorities will be overseen by the New England North West Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee and will require a collaborative effort involving multiple agencies, councils and stakeholders. 

1. Prepare a Regional Intensive Agribusiness Strategy to foster ongoing investment and to specify guidelines for intensive agriculture, food processing and mapping for suitable future precincts for these uses.
2. Map important agricultural land and develop guidelines to support the implementation of the important agricultural land mapping through local plans.
3. Prepare a regional economic development strategy that promotes opportunities for the diversification of the economic base by identifying key enabling infrastructure and other policy interventions to unlock growth. 
4. Monitor the supply of residential and employment land through the New England North West Housing and Land Monitor.
5. Prepare activation plans for the regional cities.
6. Deliver best-practice guidelines for planning, designing and developing healthy built environments.
7. Prepare guidelines for local housing strategies that will provide guidance on achieving greater housing diversity and planning for local affordable housing needs.
8. Prepare maps to identify sites of Aboriginal heritage in new land release areas, where culturally appropriate, to inform planning strategies and local plans to protect Aboriginal heritage.

Effective governance arrangements are critical to successful delivery

Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee

The New England North West Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee has been established to oversee and coordinate the implementation of the Regional Plan and brings together the agencies and organisations responsible for delivering the majority of proposed outcomes under the Regional Plan. The focus of the Committee is implementation of the Regional Plan.

Representation on this Committee is about engaging relevant and operations-focused people from agencies and organisations responsible for delivering the majority of proposed outcomes under the Regional Plan.

The role of the Committee is to:

  • oversee and coordinate the implementation of the Regional Plan;
  • provide accountability for delivery of the Regional Plan;
  • be kept informed of general progress and participate in delivery of priority actions;
  • monitor and track the progress of implementing the Regional Plan;
  • where impediments are identified, collaborate for resolution;
  • provide a forum to discuss and resolve implementation issues or action delivery in a changing regional policy environment;
  • provide high-level progress updates to the New England North West Regional Leadership Executive (via the Department of Premier and Cabinet);
  • inform the preparation of the Annual Monitoring Report; and
  • inform and participate in a five-year review of the Regional Plan. 

Committee membership includes:

  • Department of Planning and Environment
  • Joint Organisations of Councils
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Industry
  • Transport for NSW and / or Roads and Maritime Services

Supporting Groups

The Committee can be supported by outcomespecific groups that bring together appropriate personnel (government, industry or community) to provide advice on particular issues or projects. A steering committee for each of the regional city action plans will be established that will report to the New England North West Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee.

Regional governance framework

It is important to recognise the existing broader governance framework in operation within the region to ensure the newly established Committee complements existing governance structures and does not duplicate current activity.

The New England North West Regional Leadership Executive, which is a Department of Premier and Cabinet-led initiative, is a platform that supports closer working relationships between NSW Government agencies and New England North West Councils. The network encourages strategic collaboration, consultation, solution brokerage and engagement on regional priorities across government. 

The Committee benefits from having access to the same agency and local government organisations that comprise the Regional Leadership Executive. 

This is particularly important where the NSW Government ‘Fit for the Future’ reforms are changing the way Government works together on local priorities.

Figure 1: Regional Governance Framework

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Links to other strategies 

The NSW Government has in place, or is developing, a number of other relevant strategies that will influence the implementation of the Regional Plan. The actions of each of these strategies have not been listed, however the Committee will have a role in ensuring that there is appropriate coordination across the implementation of the strategies. This applies, in particular, to those strategies that address housing growth and infrastructure. It is anticipated that these strategies will complement the focus of the Regional Plan. 

Review mechanisms

Annual Monitoring Report

An Annual Monitoring Report will be prepared to monitor progress on implementation of the Regional Plan. This will report progress on goals, directions and actions with a focus on the priorities that have been agreed to by the Committee. It will also list achievements and important regional highlights from the year. Implementation priorities will be revised and a new program for work will be identified for each subsequent year.

Regional Plan

The Regional Plan will be subject to a five-yearly review, or as necessary, to update and revise the strategies provided through the goals, directions and actions. A five-yearly review will revisit regional performance, challenges and opportunities and incorporate the most up-todate information provided through the census process. The review of the Regional Plan will be informed by the Committee as well as the Annual Monitoring Reports.

Implementation Plan

The priorities identified in this Implementation Plan will be updated on an annual basis and will form the work program for each subsequent year. This will ensure that implementation of the Regional Plan remains current and responsive to regional conditions.

Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
1.1 Prepare a Regional Intensive Agribusiness Strategy to foster ongoing investment and to specify guidelines for intensive agriculture, food processing and mapping for suitable future precincts for these uses. DPE
Council, DOI
Immediate initiative
1.2 Promote the expansion of agribusiness and associated value-adding activities through local plans. Council
DPE, DOI
Ongoing strategy
1.3 Protect intensive agriculture clusters in local plans to avoid land use conflicts, particularly with residential and rural residential expansion. Council
DPE, DOI
Ongoing strategy
1.4 Encourage commercial, tourist and recreation activities that complement and promote a stronger agricultural sector, and build the sector’s adaptability. Council
DPE, DOI
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
2.1 Develop industry-specific action plans to grow cotton, broadacre grains and grazing sectors and address sectorspecific considerations through local plans. DOI
DPE, Council Medium initiative
2.2 Facilitate research and development institutions through local plans and identify opportunities to grow and promote innovation in the agricultural sector. Council
DPE, DOI
Ongoing strategy
2.3 Promote investment in the agricultural supply chain through local plans by protecting these assets from land use conflict and the encroachment of incompatible land uses. Council
DPE, DOI
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
3.1 Map important agricultural land and develop guidelines to support the implementation of the important agricultural land mapping through local plans. DOI
DPE, Council
Immediate initiative

3.2 Limit urban and rural residential development on important agricultural land, including mapped Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land, unless it is in a strategy that is:

  • agreed between council and the Department of Planning and Environment; and
  • consistent with the guidelines for councils on important agricultural land.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
3.3 Manage the interface between important agricultural lands and other land uses by incorporating controls in local plans that manage compatibility between land uses, and undertaking land use conflict risk assessments where potential conflicts are identified through rezoning processes.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy

3.4 Secure the ongoing agricultural viability of rural land holdings by:

  • incorporating appropriate minimum subdivision standards and local planning provisions for rural dwellings in local plans to manage potential conflicts with agricultural activities; and
  • monitoring annual changes in landholding sizes for each local government area.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
3.5 Minimise biosecurity risks by undertaking risk assessments, considering biosecurity plans and applying appropriate buffer areas. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
3.6 Facilitate long-term requirements for plantation forest land and processing facilities by restricting the encroachment of incompatible land uses. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
3.7 Finalise a NSW Travelling Stock Reserve State planning framework to guide the management of travelling stock reserves and help guide the development of regional travelling stock reserve management plans. DOI
OEH, LLS Medium initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
4.1 Consult with the NSW Division of Resources and Geoscience when assessing applications for land use changes (strategic land use planning, rezoning and planning proposals) and new developments or expansions. Council
DRG, DPE Ongoing strategy
4.2 Protect areas of mineral and energy resource potential through local strategies and local environmental plans. Council
DRG, DPE Ongoing strategy
4.3 Protect infrastructure that facilitates mining from development that could affect current or future extraction. Council
DRG, DPE Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
5.1 Diversify the energy sector by identifying renewable energy resource precincts and infrastructure corridors with access to the electricity network. DPE
Council, DOI Short term initiative
5.2 Facilitate appropriate smaller-scale renewable energy projects using biowaste, solar, wind, hydro, geothermal or other innovative storage technologies.
Council DPE, DOI Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
6.1 Encourage green industries by reviewing local plans to ensure land use zonings reflect industry requirement.
Council
DPE Ongoing strategy
6.2 Prepare a regional economic development strategy that promotes opportunities for the diversification of the economic base by identifying key enabling infrastructure and other policy interventions to unlock growth.  DPC DPE, Council Immediate initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
7.1 Develop local growth management strategies and use local plans to reinforce regional cities and centres as the primary locations for commerce, housing, tourism, social activity and regional services.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
7.2 Focus retail and commercial activities in central business precincts and develop place–making focused planning strategies for centres. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy

7.3 Develop proposals for new commercial centres only where they:

  • demonstrate positive social and economic benefits for the wider community; 
  • maintain the strength of the regional economy;
  • are consistent with the Interim Settlement Planning Principles at Appendix A;
  • respond to retail supply and demand and innovations in the retail sector;
  • maximise existing infrastructure (including public transport and community facilities) commensurate with the scale of the proposal; and
  • enhance the value of the public realm.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
7.4 Facilitate economic activity around industry anchors, such as health and education facilities, through planning controls that encourage clusters of complementary uses and address infrastructure needs.
Council
DPE, Health
Ongoing strategy
7.5 Promote an appropriate mix of land uses and prevent the encroachment of sensitive uses on employment land through local planning controls.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
7.6 Deliver an adequate supply of employment land through local growth management strategies and local environmental plans.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
7.7 Ensure employment land delivery is maintained through an annual New England North West Housing and Land Monitor.
DPE Council Immediate initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
8.1 Facilitate tourism and visitor accommodation and supporting land uses where appropriate through local growth management strategies and local plans. Council
DPE, DCONSW
Ongoing strategy

8.2 Prepare destination management plans or other tourism-focused strategies that:

  • identify culturally appropriate Aboriginal tourism opportunities;
  • encourage tourism development in natural areas that support conservation outcomes;
  • strategically plan for a growing international tourism market; and
  • align with the Destination Management Plan prepared by Destination NSW.
Council
DPE, DCONSW
Ongoing strategy
8.3 Promote opportunities to expand visitation to regionally significant nature-based tourism places, such as the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Mount Kaputar, Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area, hot artesian mineral waters at Moree and koala colonies at Gunnedah.
Council, OEH
DPE, DCONSW
Ongoing strategy
8.4 Advocate for large-scale and high-quality tourism development in regional cities and other areas identified within the Destination Management Plan prepared by Destination NSW.
Councils
DPE, DCONSW
Ongoing strategy
8.5 Implement Destination NSW’s Draft Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan 2017 – 2020 when finalised. DNSW
Council
Ongoing strateg
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
9.1 Deliver precinct plans to provide a holistic vision and planning framework for the regional cities.
Armidale Regional and Tamworth Regional Councils
DPE
Ongoing strategy
9.2 Prepare activation plans for the regional cities. Armidale Regional and Tamworth Regional Councils

DPE, DOI, TFNSW
Immediate initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
10.1 Implement the Murray–Darling Basin Plan to balance social, economic and environmental outcomes.
DOI
Council, DPE, OEH
Medium term initiative
10.2 Monitor the impacts of water-sharing plans on river and groundwater health, agriculture and settlements.
DOI
Council, DPE, OEH
Medium term initiative
10.3 Investigate projects that deliver sustainable water outcomes in high-risk water catchments including the Gwydir.
DOI, OEH
Council, DPE
Medium term initiative
10.4 Adopt an integrated approach to water cycle management to consider regional climate change, water security, sustainable demand and growth, and the natural environment.
Council
DPE, DOI
Ongoing strategy
10.5 Incorporate measures to improve water efficiency in urban and rural settings, including water sensitive urban design for new developments, into local planning policies. Council
DPE, DOI
Ongoing strategy
10.6 Encourage the use of alternate water sources on local government assets, including playing fields. Council
DPE, DOI
Ongoing strategy
10.7 Minimise the impact of development on key native fish habitat, address the cold water pollution impacts of Copeton Dam and mitigate barriers to fish movement. Council
DPE, OEH, DOI
Ongoing strategy
10.8 Ensure local plans manage water catchment areas and groundwater sources to avoid potential development impacts. Council
DPE, OEH, DOI
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
11.1 Focus development to areas of least biodiversity sensitivity and implement the ‘avoid, minimise, offset’ hierarchy to biodiversity and areas of high environmental value. Council
DPE, OEH, DOI
Ongoing strategy
11.2 Ensure local plans consider areas of high environmental value to avoid potential development impacts. Council
DPE, OEH
Ongoing strategy
11.3 Encourage the identification of vegetated areas adjacent to aquatic habitats and riparian corridors in local plans. Council
DPE, OEH, DOI
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
12.1 Minimise the risk from natural hazards and the projected effects of climate change by identifying hazards, managing risks and avoiding vulnerable areas, particularly when considering new urban release areas. Council
DPE, OEH
Ongoing strategy
12.2 Incorporate new knowledge on regional climate projections, including flooding and bushfire risk, related cumulative impacts, and findings of the New England North West Enabling Regional Adaptation Project in local plans for new development. Council
DPE, OEH
Ongoing strategy
12.3 Review and update floodplain and bushfire mapping to manage risk, particularly where urban growth is being investigated. Council
DPE, OEH
Long term initiative
12.4 Encourage councils where naturally occurring asbestos occurs to map the extent of asbestos and develop an asbestos policy to manage associated risks. Council
DPE, EPA
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
13.1 Implement local planning controls to protect freight and logistics facilities from encroachment of sensitive land uses.
Council
DPE, TfNSW Ongoing strategy
13.2 Work with the Australian Government and councils as the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Corridor project progresses.  TfNSW
DPE, Council
Medium term initiative
13.3 Integrate cross-border transport planning between NSW and Queensland. TfNSW
DPE, Council
Medium term initiative
13.4 Locate freight and logistics facilities to maximise existing infrastructure, support future industrial development and capitalise on inter-regional connections and external markets.  Council
DPE, TfNSW
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
14.1 Protect freight and utility infrastructure and corridors through local plans and strategies to protect network opportunities and distribution from incompatible land uses or land fragmentation.
Council
DPE, TfNSW, ARTC,Utility authorities
Ongoing strategy
14.2 Minimise the impact of development on the regional and State road network and rail corridors by identifying buffer and mitigation measures. Council
DPE, TFNSW
Ongoing strategy
14.3 Support councils to investigate opportunities to provide greater access for high productivity vehicles. Council
DPE, TFNSW
Ongoing strategy
14.4 Prioritise projects that address impediments to the regional freight network and work with stakeholders to upgrade transport network capacity as demand changes. Council
DPE, TFNSW
Short term initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
15.1 Promote aviation-related employment opportunities and precincts.
Council
DPE, TFNSW
Ongoing strategy
15.2 Protect airports from the encroachment of incompatible development. Council
DPE, TFNSW
Ongoing strategy
15.3 Provide public transport to major services and employment areas where the size of the urban area has the potential to generate sufficient demand. Council
DPE, TFNSW
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
16.1 Undertake detailed infrastructure service planning to establish that land can be feasibly and economically serviced prior to rezoning. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
16.2 Maximise the cost-effective and efficient use of infrastructure by focusing development on existing infrastructure or promoting co-location of new infrastructure. Council
DPE, TFNSW
Ongoing strategy
16.3 Work with stakeholders and infrastructure providers to investigate funding models for utility infrastructure. DPC, DOI Council
Short term initiative
16.4 Integrate cross-border land use planning between NSW and Queensland. Council
DPE, TFNSW
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3

17.1 Develop local plans and economic strategies that:

  • raise the profile of the area and awareness of opportunities for employment, business development and quality of life;
  • target opportunities for younger demographics; and
  • foster collaboration with business sectors to develop employment opportunities that can attract and retain younger people and professional and skilled workers.
Council
DPE, DOI Short term initiative
17.2 Prepare precinct plans to guide development and establish appropriate land use zoning, development standards and developer contributions.
Council
DPE Medium term initiative
17.3 Implement the outcomes of the Western NSW Mining and Resource Development Taskforce to harness the economic benefits of mining, and help communities plan for the implications of mining. Council
DPE Ongoing strategy
17.4 Update the Strengthening Rural Communities Resource Kit.
DPC Council
Short term initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
18.1 Identify future areas of urban expansion or intensification in local growth management strategies that are consistent with the Interim Settlement Planning Principles, (Appendix A) or comprehensive settlement planning guidelines once released.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
18.2 Secure an appropriate supply of residential land to meet projected housing needs within local growth management strategies endorsed by the Department of Planning and Environment. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
18.3 Develop comprehensive settlement planning guidelines. DPE
Council
Short term initiative
18.4 Monitor the supply of residential land and housing through the New England North West Housing and Land Monitor.
DPE
Council
Immediate initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
19.1 Deliver best-practice guidelines for planning, designing and developing healthy built environments. DPE Council, TfNSW, Health
Immediate initiative
19.2 Facilitate more recreational walking and cycling paths, linkages with centres and public transport, and expand inter-regional and intra-regional walking and cycling links.  Council
DPE, TFNSW
Short term initiative
19.3 Establish social infrastructure benchmarks, minimum standards and social impact assessment frameworks within local planning. Council
DPE Ongoing strategy
19.4 Deliver crime prevention through environmental design outcomes through urban design processes. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
20.1 Develop local growth management strategies to respond to changing housing needs, including household and demographic changes. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
20.2 Prepare guidelines for local housing strategies that will provide guidance on achieving greater housing diversity and planning for local affordable housing needs. DPE
Council
Immediate initiative
20.3 Promote ageing-in-place by adopting elements of Livable Housing Australia’s Livable Housing Design Guidelines in development controls for housing, where possible. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
20.4 Deliver more opportunities for affordable housing by incorporating policies and tools into local growth management strategies and local plans that will incentivise private investment in affordable housing.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy

20.5 Facilitate housing and accommodation options for seasonal and itinerant workers by:

  • preparing planning guidelines for seasonal and itinerant workers accommodation to inform the location and design of future facilities; and
  • working with councils to consider opportunities to permit such facilities through local environmental plans.
DPE
Council
Medium term initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
21.1 Enable new rural residential development where identified in a local growth management strategy prepared by council and endorsed by the Department of Planning and Environment.
Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
21.2 Deliver rural residential development consistent with Principles 1-5 of the Interim Settlement Planning Principles (Appendix A) or comprehensive framework once released. Council
DPE
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
22.1 Deliver opportunities to increase the economic independence of Aboriginal communities through training, employment and tourism. AANSW
Council, LALC, DPE, DNSW
Medium term initiative
22.2 Foster closer cooperation with Local Aboriginal Land Councils to identify the unique potential and assets of the New England North West’s communities. Council
DPE, AANSW, LALC
Ongoing strategy
22.3 Identify priority sites with economic development potential that Local Aboriginal Land Councils may wish to consider for further investigation. DPE
Council, LALC, AANSW Short term initiative
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
23.1 Ensure Aboriginal communities are engaged throughout the preparation of local planning strategies and local plans. Council
DPE, AANSW, LALC

Ongoing strategy
23.2 Prepare maps to identify sites of Aboriginal heritage in new land release areas, where culturally appropriate, to inform planning strategies and local plans to protect Aboriginal heritage.  OEH DPE, AANSW, Council, LALC
Immediate initiative
23.3 Develop partnerships with Aboriginal communities to facilitate engagement during the planning process, including the development of engagement protocols. Council
DPE, AANSW, LALC

Ongoing strategy
23.4 Undertake Aboriginal cultural heritage assessments to inform the design of planning and development proposals so that impacts to Aboriginal cultural heritage are avoided and appropriate heritage management mechanisms are identified. Council
DPE, AANSW, LALC

Ongoing strategy
23.5 Develop local heritage studies in consultation with the local Aboriginal community and adopt appropriate measures in planning strategies and local plans to avoid and protect Aboriginal heritage. Council
DPE, AANSW, LALC

Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services
Action  Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
24.1 Prepare, review and update heritage studies in consultation with the wider community to identify and protect heritage items, and include appropriate local planning controls. Councils
DPE, OEH
Ongoing strategy
24.2 Ensure best-practice guidelines are considered such as the Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites Charter for Places of Cultural Significance and the NSW Heritage Manual when assessing heritage significance. Councils
DPE, OEH
Ongoing strategy
24.3 Develop conservation management policies for heritage items and areas to provide for sympathetic and adaptive use of heritage items and assets. Councils
DPE, OEH
Ongoing strategy
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning 3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies Council: Includes all Councils in the New England North West Region; AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; DOI: Department of Industry; DNSW: Destination NSW; DCONSW: Destination Country & Outback NSW; DRG: Division of Resources and Geoscience; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; Health: Health NSW; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Councils; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; EPA: Environmental Protection Authority; ARTC: Australian Rail Track Corporation; LLS: Local Land Services

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