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Through strategic conservation planning, the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (the Plan) will be developed to protect the region’s threatened native plants and animals in the long term.


Strategic conservation planning is a process that avoids and minimises impacts on threatened plants and animals at a landscape scale early in the planning process, ensuring environmentally significant land is safeguarded ahead of development and rezoning. Residual impacts are offset through an approved conservation program.


The Plan will seek to offset impacts on threatened plants and animals through a conservation program that includes new reserves and ecological restoration. The Plan aims to deliver connected conservation areas for native plants and animals and green spaces for local communities. More green spaces close to homes means more shade, cooler suburbs, and a better urban environment for communities to enjoy.


The Plan balances future community needs and protection of the environment by:

  • avoiding and minimising impacts on threatened plants and animals on a landscape scale, early in planning process
  • creating connected conservation areas and green spaces through a mix of public reserves, national parks, ecological restoration areas and private land conservation
  • streamlining environmental approvals to:
    - reduce development costs and timeframes
    - provide upfront certainty
    - help protect important species such as Western Sydney’s koala population.


What area does the Plan cover?

The Plan covers an area of around 200,000 hectares in Western Sydney and spans across eight local government areas: Wollondilly; Camden; Campbelltown; Liverpool; Fairfield; Penrith; Blacktown and Hawkesbury.


The Plan will support the delivery of the NSW Government’s Growth Areas program and the development of the transport corridors – these are:


Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan webinar

In June 2019, the Department produced a webinar on the Plan.


Steve Hartley, Executive Director, presented on a number of key components for the project, such as:

  • Overview of the Plan and strategic conservation planning
  • Overview of NSW Government plans to transform Western Sydney
  • Social and economic opportunities from the Plan.


Watch webinar recording

Page last updated: 08/07/2020