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Greater Newcastle: Greater Newcastle Strategic Conservation Plan

By 2036, Greater Newcastle is expected to have 116,000 more people, 60,450 more dwellings, and nearly 95% of residents living less than 30 minutes away from a strategic centre.


The NSW Government’s vision for Greater Newcastle 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 in Greater Newcastle to balance growth with the protection of biodiversity at a landscape scale.


This conservation planning exercise will provide an enduring conservation legacy for Greater Newcastle.


Where will strategic conservation planning take place in Greater Newcastle?

Strategic Conservation Planning will be undertaken in urban release areas, large infill development areas, employment lands and major transport corridors within Greater Newcastle. This includes areas within:

  • Newcastle
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Port Stephens
  • Maitland
  • and Cessnock local government areas.


Why do strategic conservation planning in Greater Newcastle?

A thriving, liveable Greater Newcastle 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.


It will also help streamline approvals needed to deliver housing and growth across Greater Newcastle.


What is the Greater Newcastle Strategic Conservation Plan?

The Greater Newcastle 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 Greater Newcastle 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 Greater Newcastle Conservation Plan will be sought from the NSW and Commonwealth Ministers.


More information

For more information please send us an email at or call 1300 305 695 to speak to someone about the project.


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Page last updated: 26/06/2019