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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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Coastal planning and marine reforms

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is a member agency of the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority.


MEMA coordinates policies and programs for maintaining and improving the marine environment. Its vision for the NSW marine estate – which includes all marine waters and marine parks and reserves - is to have a healthy coast and sea, managed for the greatest wellbeing of the community, now and into the future.


MEMA has released a marine strategy that responds to the priority threat threats identified by the 'NSW Marine Estate Threat and Risk Assessment Final Report'.


The strategy includes nine interlinked management initiatives supported by detailed management actions aimed at collectively addressing the priority and cumulative threats by:

  • Improving water quality and reducing litter
  • Delivering healthy coastal habitats with sustainable use and development
  • Planning for climate change
  • Protecting the Aboriginal cultural values of the marine estate
  • Reducing impacts on threatened and protected species
  • Ensuring sustainable fishing and aquaculture
  • Enabling safe and sustainable boating
  • Enhancing social, cultural and economic benefits
  • Delivering effective governance


More information

Visit the NSW Marine Estate website to find out about NSW marine estate and the strategy.


Page last updated: 31/07/2019