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Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land (BSAL) is land with high quality soil and water resources capable of sustaining high levels of productivity.


BSAL plays a critical role sustaining the State’s $12 billion agricultural industry.


A total of 2.8 million hectares of BSAL has been identified and mapped at a regional scale across the State.


In October 2013, 1.74 million hectares of BSAL were mapped in the Upper Hunter and New England North West regions. In January 2014, the NSW Government finalised mapping for an additional one million hectares of BSAL across the rest of the State.


A site verification process has been developed under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007, to determine the existence of BSAL at the site of a potential development.


BSAL maps

The BSAL maps have been provided as a downloadable ZIP file which may take some time to download. If you are having difficulty in downloading this file please contact the Department of Planning and Environment on telephone 1300 305 695 or email and we will post you a copy.


Important notes for users




Further information

  • Telephone: 1300 305 695

Page last updated: 25/10/2017