NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Affordable housing

Housing for very low and low income households where rent or mortgage payments are below 30 per cent of gross household income or the household is eligible to occupy rental accommodation under the National Rental Affordability Scheme.


A business that earns most or all of its revenues from agriculture. An agribusiness could include food and fibre production, agrichemicals, seed supply, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution, freight, logistics, processing, marketing and retail sales.


‘Biodiversity’ or ‘biological diversity’ describes the variety of life on Earth – the life forms, the different plants, animals and microorganisms, the genes they contain and the ecosystems they form. It is usually considered at three levels: genetic diversity, species diversity and ecosystem diversity.


Measures that are taken to protect the economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases and weeds.


Waste material derived from living organisms. Bio-waste can be used to generate energy.


Centres provide jobs and services such as shopping, dining, health and personal services to meet the daily and weekly needs of the local community.

Climate change

A change in the state of climate that can be identified by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer (Garnaut Review, 2008).

Employment lands

Land zoned for industrial or similar purposes (i.e. land zoned B5 Business Development or B7 Business Park in planning instruments). These are generally lower density employment areas containing concentrations of businesses involved in: manufacturing; transport and warehousing; service and repair trades and industries; integrated enterprises with a mix of administration, production, warehousing, research and development; and urban services and utilities.

Green Industries

Green industries are businesses, facilities, services or the development of technologies that are aimed to provide sustainable alternatives or solutions to environmental challenges. Examples include bottle recycling plants, waste management and treatment or research and development for clean energy.

Gross Regional Product (GRP)

A measure of the size of a region’s economy and productivity. The market value of all final goods and services produced in a region within a given period of time.

Housing choice

The types of housing available to meet the current or future needs of the community. Housing choice is driven by factors such as the make-up of the population, affordability and lifestyle trends.

Household size

The average number of people living in a dwelling in a State, region or locality.

Housing types

Forms of housing, such as single dwellings, boarding houses, dual occupancies, group homes, hostels, multi-dwelling housing, residential flat buildings, secondary dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, seniors housing and shop top housing.

Important agricultural land

The existing or future location of local or regionally important agricultural industries or agricultural resources, mapped using the NSW  Department of Primary Industries important agricultural lands methodology.

Local growth management strategies

Local growth management strategies will be prepared by councils to reflect the directions and actions contained in this Plan. Guidelines will be prepared to help councils develop local growth management strategies, which will be developed prior to preparing a local environmental plan to zone land for residential, rural residential, commercial and industrial land uses.

Local Plans (Local Environmental Plans or Development Control Plans)

Statutory and non-statutory plans prepared by council for a local government area to guide planning decisions by local councils. Through the use of land zoning and other development controls, a local plan is typically the main mechanism for determining the type and amount of development which can occur on each parcel of land in NSW. Local plans are the main planning tool that shapes the future of communities and ensures local development is appropriate.

Naturally occurring asbestos (NOA)

Naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals found in rock, sediment or soil. NOA distinguishes these natural occurrences from manufactured products that contain asbestos. In NSW the three main areas known to have NOA are: The Great Serpentine Belt (near Barraba), The Gordonbrook Serpentine Belt (near Baryulgil) and The Coolac Serpentinite Belt (near Gundagai). The risk to humans from NOA is very low particularly if the site is left undisturbed. Only testing of site material will confirm if NOA is present.

Nature-based tourism

Tourism based on the natural attractions of an area. Examples include bird watching, photography, stargazing, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, mountain biking, wake board and water skiing.

New England North West region

The Local Government Areas of Tenterfield, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Armidale Regional, Uralla, Walcha, Gwydir, Tamworth Regional, Liverpool Plains, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Moree Plains.

Precinct planning

The preparation of a blueprint for an area which involves investigations into appropriate land use and built form options, physical environment constraints, infrastructure requirements, community values and expectations and tenure arrangements.

Regional city

Centres with the largest commercial component of any location in the region and that provides a full range of higher-order services, including hospitals and tertiary education services. Tamworth and Armidale are the regional cities of the New England North West.

Riparian corridor

A riparian corridor forms a transition zone between the land and a watercourse or aquatic environment.

Strategic centres

Centres of regional strategic importance including Moree, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Glen Innes and Inverell.


Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

End notes

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016, Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2014-15, Canberra

2 RMCG 2015, Agricultural Expansion Analysis: New England North West, Bendigo

3 NSW Department of Primary Industries 2013, NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021

4 NSW Trade & Investment 2015, New England North West Economic Profile, Sydney

5 Joint Steering Committee for Water Sensitive Cities 2009, Evaluating Options for Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)

6 NSW Government 2010, Climate Impact Profile, Sydney

7 Transport for NSW 2015, Containerised cargo demand assessment Northern NSW, Sydney

8 RDA 2012, Northern Inland Region of NSW – Freight Study, Armidale

9 Transport for NSW 2012, NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, Sydney

10 Roads and Maritime Services 2017, Restricted Access Vehicles Map

11 NSW Department of Planning and Environment 2016, NSW Population Projections 2011-36, Sydney

12 SGS Economics and Planning 2015, Housing Market Analysis for New England North West Region

13 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011, Census of Population and Housing, Canberra

14 Tamworth Country Music Festival 2017, Festival Info.

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