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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

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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