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Natural hazards

Strategic planning for natural hazards in NSW

The NSW Government supports sustainable communities that can withstand and recover from natural hazards through smart land-use planning.

Natural hazards can include a bushfire, coastal hazard, cyclone, drought, earthquake, flood, heatwave, landslide, severe thunderstorm, tornado and tsunami.

Our natural hazards package helps communities and councils prepare for, manage and recover from extreme events – potentially saving lives and property.

Our package includes:

Watch our video to find out more about the package’s purpose and guiding principles.

Strategic Guide to Planning for Natural Hazards

The purpose and guiding principles of the Natural Hazards package.

Strategic guide

The strategic guide helps planning bodies create regional, district and local strategic plans, planning proposals and other strategic planning activities. It:

  • identifies the natural hazards that are relevant to NSW and should be considered in strategic planning activities
  • considers the links to existing policies, legislation, guidelines and responsibilities
  • explains key concepts for natural hazard risk management
  • sets out 8 guiding principles to inform decisions about land use and manage natural hazard risks.

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