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Coastal and marine management

The NSW coastline is world-renowned but as one of the most populated coastal areas in Australia, it is under pressure. Our policies and programs support strategic planning and development assessment for this vulnerable area.

Coastal Design Guidelines. Credit: © Silvan Bluett

Our design guide for anyone planning to develop or build along the NSW Coast.

Rocks of Fort Tomaree, coastline, Tomaree National Park. Credit: John Spencer/DPE

How bringing significant coastal lands into public ownership can support long-term management and care.

Byron Bay Lighthouse, Beach and Hinterland Aerial Shot in the Northern Rivers, NSW. Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 / Kpravin2

Our framework for improving the way we plan for land use changes, consider and adapt to hazard risks, protect coastal environments and assess development in coastal NSW.

Aerial shots of Shark Bay coastline, Bundjalung National Park. Credit: Jessica Robertson/DPE

Our approach to managing the state’s network of marine parks and aquatic reserves.