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Six sites are proposed to be included in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Planning Systems) 2021. This allows the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) to seek an independent review of planning proposals for the sites by the North District Local Planning Panel to consider whether they have strategic and site-specific merit to be submitted for a gateway determination.


View a map of the six sites


Development Delivery Plan

The draft Northern Beaches Aboriginal Land Development Delivery Plan (DDP) will help Aboriginal people fulfill potential economic benefits of their land on the Northern Beaches.


The draft DDP was exhibited for public comment from 7 February to 21 March 2022. Thank you for your feedback, which will inform the finalisation of the plans.


We received about 1,200 submissions on issues including bushland and environmental impacts, traffic, infrastructure, open space, bushfire and Aboriginal heritage.


The exhibition documents can be viewed via the planning portal.


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


The DDP provides a framework for the potential development of six sites owned by the MLALC in the Northern Beaches LGA.


One of the sites, Lizard Rock in Belrose, has been identified as suitable for development in 1-2 years.


Many community members have asked for more information about the benefits of the potential MLALC plans for the Lizard Rock site.


Watch this video to hear the MLALC chief executive officer, Nathan Moran, talk about what the plans mean for Aboriginal people and the wider community.


The DDP is the first step in the planning process. Once the DDP is finalised, planning proposals or development applications (DAs) can be lodged for the sites.


It will enable Aboriginal people to develop their land in ways that best support their community and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage. It will also deliver benefits to the wider community by providing new homes and jobs.


We have worked together with the MLALC and consulted with Northern Beaches Council during the preparation of the plans.


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What happens next

All feedback on the State Environmental Planning Policy amendment and DDP will be carefully considered by the Department of Planning and Environment to inform their finalisation later this year.


If approved, the six sites will be mapped in an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Planning Systems) 2021, which will then allow the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to lodge planning proposals for independent review to the North District Planning Panel.


The planning proposal for the Lizard Rock site could be exhibited for public comment later this year. A planning proposal being prepared for the site proposes about 450 low- to medium-density homes, a cultural community centre and protection of Aboriginal carvings and other heritage sites.


The remaining 5 sites could have planning proposals or DAs submitted in the next 2-5 years.


These sites require further investigation, but future land uses could include residential, industrial, employment and environmental conservation depending on the site.


The DDP will be updated as the other sites are investigated to ensure any planning proposals are consistent with its objectives.


There will be more opportunities to provide feedback when planning proposals or development applications are lodged. Future planning proposals will be guided by the plan and must include technical studies of issues such as Aboriginal heritage, transport, environment, bushfire and urban design.


Find out more

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Page last updated: 05/05/2022