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Central Coast: Central Coast Strategic Conservation Plan

The population of the Central Coast is forecast to grow by 22% to 415,000 residents by 2036.


The NSW Government’s vision for the Central Coast is to deliver the infrastructure, housing and jobs needed to cater for future population growth and to create vibrant, liveable, connected urban centres with green spaces and protected biodiversity.


The Department is undertaking strategic conservation planning on the Central Coast to balance growth with the protection of biodiversity at a landscape scale.


This conservation planning exercise will provide an enduring conservation legacy for the Central Coast.


Where will strategic conservation planning take place on the Central Coast?

Strategic conservation planning will be undertaken within the entire Central Coast region. It will include an assessment of impacts on biodiversity of the future major urban release areas and employment lands on the Central Coast.


Why do strategic conservation planning on the Central Coast?

A thriving, liveable Central Coast must include a place for the area’s many native plants and animals. The unique natural environment is one of the key reasons people choose to live in and visit the region.


Strategic conservation planning will identify the most important biodiversity areas and establish a package of measures to protect these values and offset any biodiversity impacts, on a region-wide basis.


This will replace the current process where conservation and development decisions are made on a site-by-site basis and will help streamline the delivery of housing and growth across the Central Coast.


What is the Central Coast Strategic Conservation Plan?

The Central Coast Strategic Conservation Plan will provide a lasting conservation legacy of protection for native species in the region and increased certainty for landholders, with clear details on the biodiversity impacts and how they will be offset.


NSW and Commonwealth Government legislation

The Central Coast Strategic Conservation Plan will support an application for Strategic Biodiversity Certification under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Strategic Assessment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Approval of the Central Coast Strategic Conservation Plan will be sought from the NSW and Commonwealth Ministers.


More information

For more information please send us an email at or call 02 4345 4400 to speak to someone about the project.


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Page last updated: 13/06/2019