Major Coastal Reform Package Announced

NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, has announced major changes to NSW coastal protection laws.

The changes involve:

  • Replacing the current Coastal Protection Act with a new Coastal Management Act
  • Replacing the current NSW Coastal Policy with a new Coastal Manual
  • Replacing existing State Environment Planning Policies (SEPP 14 - Coastal Wetlands, SEPP 26 – Littoral Rainforests and SEPP 71 – Coastal Management) with a new Coastal SEPP.
  • Redefining the ‘coastal zone’ with new mapping and coastal ‘land use’ categories.

The draft Bill, draft Manual and supporting materials are on exhibition until 29 February 2016.


More information, including the draft Bill and supporting material, is available at

For further information or assistance please contact Cerin Loane, Policy and Research Coordinator, on (02) 9516 1488 or




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