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The Western Parkland City is projected to grow from 740,000 people in 2016 to 1.1 million by 2036, and to well over 1.5 million by 2056. A thriving, liveable Western Parkland City will need to include dedicated areas to protect the region’s many unique native plants and animals and publicly accessible open and green spaces that local communities can enjoy.


Through strategic conservation planning, the NSW Government has developed a conservation plan for Western Sydney to help meet the future needs of our community while protecting threatened plants and animals in the long term.


The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (the Plan) is one of the largest strategic conservation plans to be undertaken in Australia and is the first strategic biodiversity certification to be undertaken under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.


The Plan will contribute to the Western Parkland City by supporting the delivery of housing, jobs and infrastructure while protecting important biodiversity such as threatened plants and animals.


The Plan will deliver on commitments and a series of planned and managed actions designed to improve ecological resilience and function, and offset biodiversity impacts from housing and infrastructure development. Taking a landscape-scale approach to conservation and assessment will deliver the greatest safeguards for Western Sydney’s natural environment over the long term.


What's happening now?

The Draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (draft Plan) was on public exhibition from 26 August 2020 until 2 November 2020.


We are currently reviewing and considering all feedback received to help finalise the Plan.


In June 2021, we began a new stage of engagement with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders to inform the development of a 10-year Aboriginal Implementation and Engagement Strategy. 


For more information about the draft Plan and where we're at in the review process, please visit our Community engagement page. 


How to contact the team?

If you have any questions about the project, please contact the team via email.

Introducing the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan

Community engagement

The Draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan supports Western Sydney’s biodiversity.

Communities visiting the Cumberland Plain in Shale Sandstone Transition Forest to help understand the importance of protecting the biodiversity in the area.

About the Plan

To gain a better understanding of the Plan, you can access the Plan’s spatial viewer, specific fact sheets and our frequently asked questions.

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Early engagement on the Plan

Everything we did from the start of the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan’s development in 2018.

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