NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Northern Beaches Aboriginal Land

Six sites owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) in the Northern Beaches have been included in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Planning Systems) 2021. 

The Northern Beaches Aboriginal Land Development Delivery Plan (DDP) has also been approved by the Minister for Planning.   The DDP considers the high-level opportunities and constraints associated with future development of the 6 sites.
These decisions do not approve development on the sites.  The release of these plans is the first step to allow consideration of planning proposals or development applications (DAs) with further community consultation to be conducted.

These decisions allow planning proposals for the sites to be independently reviewed by the North District Local Planning Panel.

View a map of the six sites

The plans respond to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, which established Aboriginal land councils to manage land to provide an economic base for Aboriginal communities as compensation for historic dispossession and ongoing disadvantage.

The DDP will help Aboriginal people to develop their land to support their community and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage. It will also provide new homes and jobs for the wider community.
The SEPP amendment and draft DDP were exhibited for public comment from 7 February to 21 March 2022. 
We received 1,132 submissions on issues including bushland and environmental impact, traffic, infrastructure, open space, bushfire and Aboriginal heritage.

Find out how we responded to these issues by reading the Independent Planning Review and the department’s Finalisation Report.


Specific feedback on individual sites will be addressed in further detailed studies for future planning proposals.

View the final documents on the Planning Portal.
We continue to work with the MLALC and consult with Northern Beaches Council on planning for the sites.

What happens next

A planning proposal for the Lizard Rock site will be submitted for review by the North District Planning Panel later this year.  The planning proposal aims to deliver new homes, a cultural community centre and protection of Aboriginal heritage sites.

View the video of MLALC chief executive officer, Nathan Moran, talking about what the plans mean for Aboriginal people and the wider community.
The remaining 5 sites require further investigation. Future land uses could include residential, industrial, employment and environmental conservation.  These sites could have planning proposals or DAs submitted in the next 2-5 years.

The DDP will be updated as the other sites are investigated to ensure any planning proposals are consistent with its objectives.
Future planning proposals must include technical studies of issues such as Aboriginal heritage, transport, environment, bushfire and urban design. 

There will be more opportunities to provide feedback when planning proposals or development applications are exhibited.

Find out more

Read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 203 KB).

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Page last updated: 20/09/2022