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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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The Coastal Lands Protection Scheme is used to bring significant coastal lands into public ownership and provides for their long term management and care. The Department administers the Scheme, which receives an annual budget allocation of $3 million for strategic acquisitions.


When it began in 1973, the Scheme identified certain lands to be protected and acquired. These lands usually included features such as headlands, dunes, hinterland, coastal lagoons and lakes, particularly where the original vegetation was still dominant. In 2011, the Scheme was re-oriented to invite nominations for suitable land that met the following criteria:

  • Public access: to promote public access to the coastal foreshore
  • Scenic quality: to maintain the scenic quality of the NSW coast
  • Ecological values: to protect ecological sites of regional, state and/or national significance.


Between 1973 and 2010, the scheme had successfully acquired some 90 per cent of coastal land identified from the original 1973 list. By identifying, acquiring and reserving land we have been able to create new coastal national parks and reserves for public benefit.

Page last updated: 31/07/2019