Skip to main content
  • Share:

Coastal planning and marine reforms

The Department of Planning and Environment is a member agency of the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA), which co-ordinates the State’s policies and programs for maintaining and improving the marine environment. The Authority's vision for the NSW marine estate (which includes all marine waters and marine parks and reserves) is to have a healthy coast and sea, managed for the greatest well-being of the community, now and into the future.


Supporting the NSW Coastal reforms, MEMA recently released a draft Strategy that responds to the priority threat threats identified in NSW by the NSW Marine Estate Threat and Risk Assessment Final Report. The draft strategy provides an overarching framework to coordinate the management of the marine estate as a single continuous system over the next ten years.


The draft Strategy includes eight management initiatives:

  • Improving water quality and reducing litter
  • Sustainable coastal use and development for healthy habitats
  • Planning for a changing climate
  • Protecting the cultural values of the marine estate
  • Reducing impacts on wildlife
  • Sustainable fishing and aquaculture
  • Enabling safe and sustainable boating
  • Improving governance and enhancing social and economic benefits


Submissions on the draft Strategy close 8 December 2017.


For more information about the NSW marine estate, MEMA and the draft Strategy, please visit the NSW Marine Estate website.


Page last updated: 01/12/2017