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New approach to environmental zoning on the Far North Coast

The Department has developed a new approach to environmental zoning on the Far North Coast to support farming and protect the environment.


The Northern Councils E Zone Review Final Recommendations Report aims to provide greater certainty for landowners, councils and the community on how environmental zoning will be applied.


Environmental zones - or 'E zones' - are designed to protect land that is of important environmental value. The Final Recommendations Report ensures that environmental zones are applied to places on the Far North Coast where the 'primary use' of the land justifies either environmental conservation ('E2') or environmental management ('E3') zoning, based on validated ecological evidence. The ‘primary use’ of the land - the main use for which the land has been used for the last two years - is to be the first consideration when making zoning decisions.


The final recommendations take into account the views expressed by councils, agencies, community organisations, landowners and the general public in more than 400 submissions we received during the public consultation on the interim report in 2014.



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Next steps

The Far North Coast E Zone recommendations will initially apply to land in the Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore and Tweed local government areas.


The Department will be seeking comment in the near future on how the recommendations can work for environmental zoning across other council areas throughout the State.

Page last updated: 22/04/2020