Inbox and Environment News: Issue 337
November 12 - 18, 2017: Issue 337
Surf Collective Initiative Part II: PROGRESS
Some of you may be aware that Surf Collective ran a competition with the Year 10 Business Studies students at Barrenjoey High School. The students had to come up with a surf related product, and did all their business studies learning around this product. Surf Collective spent time with the kids in the classroom and in the end put together a "Shark Tank" of some of their brands to listen to all their pitches and select a winner.
Some kids worked in groups and others individually. All kids were extremely engaged in their subject as making it about a product that they came up with really brought it to life. The winner was Lily McElligott with her company Coastal Upcycling, where she is upcycling old skateboard decks to make Surfboard Wax Combs. Watch this space as she has some other products in the pipeline!
Surf Collective put up $2,000 to get Lily going and she now has her products up on their website and in their collaboration with The Sneaky Grind Cafe in Avalon Beach.
Please take the time to have a look at her video below. Its so well put together!!
The project was so successful in engaging the kids that Surf Collective will be doing it again next year.
Thanks Surf Collective for engaging with our kids!
Introducing Coastal Upcycling
Published on 16 Oct 2017Hand-crafted from 100% recycled skateboard decks. You can now find us at the Sneaky Grind Cafe in Avalon, Sydney (Australia). For more info check us out at http://www.coastalupcycling.com.au
Second Exemption Granted For NSW Shark Net Trial
Media release: 9 November 2017- The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy
The Turnbull Government has granted the NSW Government a second exemption under national environment law to conduct shark net trials over two years on the NSW north coast between 1 November 2017 and 31 October 2019 due to the risk to human life from shark interactions.
The second exemption allows the NSW Government to deploy nets ahead of the peak swimming seasons and to continue its research into shark mitigation measures over consecutive summers. It follows a similar decision made in November 2016 to grant a 12 month exemption which expires next week.
The trials will continue to assess the catch of target sharks and bycatch of the nets against SMART drumlines used in the trial area. The NSW Government will also use the further trials to scientifically test technical and operational modifications to mesh nets to minimise bycatch and mortality of non-target animals.
The research outcomes of the trials are expected to have broader application to other jurisdictions to inform the use and design of shark mitigation measures nation-wide.
In making this decision, the Turnbull Government considered the important scientific, social and economic interests in exempting further trials from the requirements of national environmental law as well as the potential impacts to nationally-protected species and the marine environment.
The mesh net trials must be conducted in accordance with strict operational requirements and are limited to coastal beaches and other tidal waters on the NSW north coast within the boundaries of Richmond Valley Council and Ballina Shire Council Local Government Areas.
A maximum of ten nets may be used in the trial area at any one time.
The NSW Government will put in place a range of measures to minimise impacts to the environment, including procedures to release all live fauna with the least possible harm and to avoid the deployment of mesh nets during peak whale migration.
The Australian Department of the Environment and Energy will continue to receive regular reports from NSW on the implementation and monitoring of the trial.
A notice of the Government’s decision to grant the exemption and reasons are available at http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/exemptionnotices.
Bird Walks And Talks 2017: PNHA
Come and see and hear some of our fantastic native birds, many of which you'll never see in your garden. Join in a Sunday guided bird walk with Pittwater Natural Heritage Association. All walks start at 8am and end about 10am.
November 26 Warriewood Wetlands. Meet end of Katoa Close, north Narrabeen.
Bring binoculars if possible. Drink, hat and comfortable shoes.More information contact email@example.com or Ph Kerry on 0402 605 721.
You don't need to book but if we know you're coming we'll watch out for you. Call if in doubt about weather as we won't go out if it's raining.
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities
Spotlight Walk - 8:15pm Monday Nov 27
This walk will take place after Jayden Walsh has shown pictures and talked about amphibians and reptiles in Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment.8:15pm Meet at Katoa Close. Spaces limited to 30 people
Spotlight Walk - 8pm Friday Dec 15Spotlighting walk - meet at start of Slippery Dip Trail. Spaces limited to 20 people
Wildlife Walk - 7:30am Friday January 19, 2018Meet at end of Deep Creek Carpark. Spaces limited to 30 peopleEmail: Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment to get a ticket and book a place for one of these fascinating Wildlife Walks led by Jayden Walsh.
Bush Regeneration - Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment This is a wonderful way to become connected to nature and contribute to the health of the environment. Over the weeks and months you can see positive changes as you give native species a better chance to thrive. Wildlife appreciate the improvement in their habitat.
Belrose area - Thursday mornings Belrose area - Weekend mornings by arrangementContact: Phone or text Conny Harris on 0432 643 295
Wheeler Creek - Wednesday mornings 9-11amContact: Phone or text Judith Bennett on 0402 974 105Or email: Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment : firstname.lastname@example.org
Eco Paddle on Narrabeen Lagoon1pm, Sunday Feb 11, 2018Black Swan have returned to the lagoon after 20 years - come and see these majestic creatures! This paddle will visit the Western Basin, Deep and Middle Creeks. Beautiful Deep Creek attracts migratory birds from as far away as Russia and Middle Creek has been the subject of a substantial remediation programme. A relaxing 2 to 3 hour afternoon paddle. No previous kayaking experience required, tuition given. BYO boat or a hire kayak can be arranged for you at cost. Bookings essential.Email email@example.com or call 0417 502 056.
Human-Caused Warming Increasing Likelihood Of Record-Breaking Hot Years
November 8, 2017
A new study finds human-caused global warming is significantly increasing the rate at which hot temperature records are being broken around the world.
Global annual temperature records show there were 17 record hot years from 1861 to 2005. The new study examines whether these temperature records are being broken more often and if so, whether human-caused global warming is to blame.
The results show human influence has greatly increased the likelihood of record-breaking hot years occurring on a global scale. Without human-caused climate change, there should only have been an average of seven record hot years from 1861 to 2005, not 17. Further, human-caused climate change at least doubled the odds of having a record-breaking hot year from 1926 to 1945 and from 1967 onwards, according to the new study.
The study also projects that if greenhouse gas emissions remain high, the chance of seeing new global temperature records will continue to increase. By 2100, every other year will be a record breaker, on average, according to the new study accepted for publication in Earth's Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The new findings show how climate change is visibly influencing Earth's temperature, said Andrew King, a climate extremes research fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia and lead author of the new study.
"We can now specifically say climate change is increasing the chance of observing a new temperature record each year," he said. "It's important to point out we shouldn't be seeing these records if human activity weren't contributing to global warming."
The study strengthens the link between human activity and recent temperature trends, according to Michael Mann, a climatologist and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, who was not involved with the new research.
"This work builds on previous research establishing that, without a doubt, the record warmth we are seeing cannot be explained without accounting for the impact of human activity on the warming of the planet," Mann said.
Record-breaking heatRecord hot years have been occurring more frequently in recent decades. 2014 was the hottest year on record since 1880, but that record was quickly broken in 2015 and again in 2016. Research published earlier this year in Geophysical Research Letters found these three consecutive records in global temperatures were very likely due to anthropogenic warming.
Record-breaking temperatures tend to attract attention because they are one of the most visible signs of global warming. As a result, understanding how and why the rate of record-breaking is changing is critical for communicating the effects of climate change to the public, King said.
Previous research examined changes in rates of record-breaking temperatures in specific countries or regions. However, these studies couldn't analyze global temperature trends because they relied on gathering large numbers of daily temperature records from different sources, according to King. Additionally, they didn't directly attribute changes in record-breaking to human activity.
In the new study, King developed a method to isolate the human role in changing rates of record-breaking temperatures globally. Unlike previous studies, the method uses a single source of temperature data, in this case global annual temperatures, allowing King to study temperature records on a global scale.
King first looked at global temperature data from 1861 to 2005 and identified which years were hot record breakers. He then used a wide array of climate models to simulate global temperatures in this period. Some of the models included only natural influences on the climate such as volcanic eruptions, while other models featured both natural influences and human influences such as greenhouse gas emissions and the release of aerosols into the atmosphere.
King found only the climate models that included human influences had the same number of record-breaking hot years as historical temperature records -- 15 to 21, on average. The models without human influences only had an average of seven record-breaking hot years from 1861 to 2005.
He also determined human-caused climate change at least doubled the odds of having a record-breaking hot year from 1926 to 1945 and from 1967 onwards. The odds didn't increase from 1945 to 1967 because human-made aerosol emissions generated a cooling effect, which counteracted warming due to anthropogenic greenhouse gases.
King's research can also be applied to quantify the influence of human activities on a specific record-setting event. He applied his method to record-setting hot global temperatures in 2016 and record-setting hot local temperatures in central England in 2014. He found human influence led to a 29-fold increase in the likelihood of seeing both new records compared to a situation with no human influence on climate.
Andrew D. King. Attributing changing rates of temperature record-breaking to anthropogenic influences. Earth's Future, 2017; DOI:10.1002/2017EF000611
Major Changes: State Environmental Planning Controls(Draft Enviro. SEPP)
The Berejiklian government has just announced changes that propose to repeal and replace the following State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) with a single Environment SEPP:
• State Environmental Planning Policy No. 19—Bushland in Urban Areas - [Manly, Warringah, Pittwater; pages 28 to 32]• State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011• State Environmental Planning Policy No. 50—Canal Estate Development• Greater Metropolitan Regional Environmental Plan No. 2—Georges River Catchment• Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 20—Hawkesbury-Nepean River (No.2-1997) [*Pittwater and Warringah]• Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005• Willandra Lakes Regional Environmental Plan No. 1—World Heritage Property.
Aimed at reducing 'red tape' and 'streamlining' NSW's planning system, some changes are commended such as protecting Sydney Harbour's natural assets by prohibiting new canal estates.
However other changes will enable development in sensitive areas that are currently protected.
Designed to marry up with other planning instruments, such as the controversial Biodiversity Act 2016, the changes also give greater effect to Ministerial Directions.
The changes also propose to revise the term ‘bushland zoned or reserved for public open space purposes’ to ‘public bushland’. This includes all land that is zoned non-rural, and owned or managed by a council or a public authority, or reserved for acquisition for open space or environmental conservation by a council or a public authority, and that has vegetation which meets a clear definition of bushland.
Critically the current SEPP (no 19) SEPP 19 extends 'beyond the protection of environmental values of bushland by identifying 'the need to protect the aesthetic and community values as well as the recreational, educational and scientific values of this resource'.
The proposed SEPP also enables the Roads and Maritime Services, to undertake the subdivision of foreshore lands in order ‘to lawfully reclaim Sydney Harbour land’ and redefine the ‘heads of consideration for consent authorities when assessing Development Applications on Foreshore lands.
The changes also include amending the aim of the Harbour Regional Environmental Plan that ensures Sydney is a ‘working harbour’ to enable a range of recreational, transport, tourism and commercial uses. Greater flexibility to 'mooring pens' is also proposed, which are currently prohibited.
Other changes include transferring heritage provisions to the relevant local environmental plan, thereby reducing the protection of heritage assets.
In addition, concerns have been flagged that moving the prohibition of extractive industries in parts of the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment to the SEPP for Mining, Petroleum and Extractive Industries - and moving the Sydney Opera House provisions in the Harbour Regional Environmental Plan to SEPP (State Significant Precincts) effectively reduces the current protections.
The changes are on exhibition for public comment until the 15 January.
_______________________*page 26:Provisions to be updated and moved to Ministerial DirectionsProvisions within the Hawkesbury Nepean Regional Environmental Plan related to local plan making will be updated and are to be moved to a new Ministerial Direction.
The following current provisions contain plan making guidance suited to a Ministerial Direction:• Clause 3 ‘Aim of This Plan’• Part 2 ‘General Planning Considerations, Specific Planning Policies and Recommended Strategies’• Clause 6(3) ‘Water Quality’• Clause 6(10) (a) ‘Urban Development’ - rezoning or subdivision of land• Clause 6(11) ‘Recreation and Tourism’.
Other aspects of Clause 6, such as water quality, total catchment management, biodiversity and environmentally sensitiveareas will be transferred to the proposed new SEPP.
$3 Million In Grants Now Available For Commuity Recycling Centres
Media release: EPAThe NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Environmental Trust (ET) are calling for local government, not-for-profit organisations and businesses from select Local Government areas to apply for grants to set up Community Recycling Centres (CRC) for the collection of household problem wastes.
The $3 million Community Recycling Centre grants program is now open as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. Community Recycling Centres make it easier for NSW residents to recycle or safely dispose items like oils, paints and batteries.
Applications are open until Wednesday 15 November 2017 with funding of up to $200,000 available to enhance existing facilities or build new facilities for the collection of problem waste. This is the fourth round of funding and it is designed to help keep problem waste out of the kerbside bin system by providing convenient and easy to use facilities for the community.
EPA Chair and CEO Barry Buffier said the aim of the program is to establish a network that will provide 90 per cent of NSW households with access to a free Community Recycling Centre for common household problem wastes.
“This funding focuses on our priority to establish Community Recycling Centres based on existing gaps in the network.
‘The funding to establish facilities in 22 priority Local Government Areas will mean residents will have a permanent facility available to people to drop-off low toxic wastes, such as gas bottles, household batteries, paint, oils and smoke detectors, Mr Buffier said.
‘To date, over 100 Community Recycling Centres have been funded in NSW and 62 are currently operational. Almost two million kilograms of household problem waste has been collected since the program started." Priority LGAs for funding include: Blacktown, Canterbury Bankstown, The Hills, Ku-ring-gai, Northern Beaches, Sydney, Bayside, Camden, Goulburn Mulwaree, North Sydney, Parramatta, Ryde, Shellharbour, Wagga Wagga, Waverley, Wollondilly, Woollahra, Yass Valley, Central Coast, Cumberland, Lake Macquarie and Sutherland. On behalf of the ET, Peter Dixon, Director Grants in the Office of Environment & Heritage states:
“This is one of our most successful community level grants programs. The take-up by local councils has been tremendous and the neighbourhoods with a new or upgraded Community Recycling Centre are enjoying the benefits of a free and convenient way of dropping off their problem wastes for environmentally friendly disposal and recycling”
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 15 November 2017
For more information about the grants including how to apply and information sessions please visit:
For more information about Waste Less, Recycle More go to the EPA website:
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Board Meeting In Public
06 November 2017 by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING IN PUBLICThe Sydney Harbour Federation Trust invites the public to observe the next Board Meeting.
When: Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 3.30pmVenue: Boardroom, SHFT offices, Building 28, Best Avenue, Headland Park, Mosman Members of the public may submit a question/s (maximum of two) in writing prior to the meeting. Questions must be received by 15 December 2017. Questions may be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail)The Chair has the discretion to allow a question to be asked and/or answered at the meeting. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 15 December on (02) 8969 2100 or email@example.com
Tahmoor Coal Mine
Tahmoor Colliery MOD 4
Proposed modification to the Tahmoor Colliery (see attached Environmental Assessment)To permit low levels of subsidence within an area where subsidence is not currently permitted to occur...Exhibition Start 08/11/2017Exhibition End 22/11/2017Tahmoor Underground Mod 4_EA_Final.pdf (3.194 MB)Tahmoor Underground Mod 4_EA_Appendices 1-4.pdf (3.462 MB)Tahmoor Underground Mod 4_EA_Appendices 5-6.pdf (9.177 MB)at HERE
Centennial Northern Coal Services: Northern Coal Logistics Project - Mod 1
Centennial Northern Coal Services Pty Limited is seeking to modify Development Consent SSD-5145 pertaining to the Northern Coal Logistics Project in order to increase the number of employees based at the Cooranbong Entry Site and make administrative amendments to the operational noise criteria and air quality criteria.
Exhibition Start 10/11/2017Exhibition End 24/11/2017
Documents and have your say: 610.17594 SEE Letter 201710 Final_ Revised.pdf (4.539 MB) at HERE
Moolarben Mine: Moolarben Coal 1 - MOD 14
Modifications to the Moolarben Coal Complex.Increased annual run-of-mine (ROM) coal production from the open cutsExhibition Start 07/11/2017Exhibition End 07/12/2017
Executive Summary.pdf (8.561 MB)Environmental Assessment.pdf (8.664 MB)Attachment 1_ Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements.pdf (250.0 KB)Attachment 2_ Stage 1 Project Approval _05_0117_.pdf (4.053 MB)Attachment 3_ Stage 2 Project Approval _08_0135_.pdf (2.841 MB)Appendix A_ Noise Assessment.pdf (3.138 MB)Appendix B_ Air Quality Assessment.pdf (4.144 MB)Appendix C_ Biodiversity Assessment Review.pdf (6.051 MB)Appendix D_ Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment.pdf (9.078 MB)Appendix E_ Site Water Balance and Surface Water Assessment.pdf (5.173 MB)Appendix F_ Controlled Water Release Assessment.pdf (2.348 MB)Appendix G_ Aquatic Ecology Assessment.pdf (17.43 MB)Appendix H_ Geochemistry Review.pdf (1.942 MB)Appendix I_ Groundwater Assessment.pdf (5.885 MB)Documents and have your say at HERE
- construction of a seven-storey commercial building (maximum height RL 33.2), comprising retail on the ground floor and commercial on levels one to six; - provision of an outdoor terrace on level 6 of the building; - installation of photovoltaic cells on the rooftop of the building; - business and building identification signage zones; - allocation and use of 18 car spaces within the approved basement below and provision of end-of-trip facilities - public domain works; and - alterations to basement structures below.
Exhibition Start 09/11/2017Exhibition End 08/12/2017
Documents and have your say HERE
Magenta Shores: DA 32-01-2003 MOD 5 -
Modification to North Entrance, "Magenta Shores"Seeks to modify the original masterplan to increase the number of lots in the R07A Release Area, amend lot orientation, change road layout and remove pedestrian access points to the golf course.Proposed to be amended to 58 lots ...Exhibition Start 08/11/2017Exhibition End 22/11/2017
Plan of Proposed Subdivision.pdf (628.8 KB)Updated Environmental Assessment Report .pdf (705.7 KB)Documents and have your say Available HERE
Reducing Threats To The NSW Marine Estate
30 October, 2017: Media Release - NSW DPIThe NSW Marine Estate Management Authority independent Chair, Dr Wendy Craik AM, today called for feedback on the draft Marine Estate Management Strategy, which outlines eight initiatives to address the major threats to the state’s oceans, wetlands, coastline and coastal lakes and lagoons – our ‘marine estate’.
“The NSW Government is committed to the long term future of our coastal waterways, estuaries and oceans, by balancing economic growth, use and conservation of the marine estate,” said Dr Craik.
According to Dr Craik the draft Strategy is a first for NSW. It will help to achieve holistic, co-ordinated and evidence-based management, to ensure NSW’s coastal and marine environments can be enjoyed in a sustainable way.
“In developing the draft Strategy, the Authority has consulted extensively to understand the NSW community’s views on the importance of the marine estate, any perceived threats to its future and opportunities to improve how it is managed,” said Dr Craik.
The draft Strategy outlines initiatives to:
The draft Strategy also includes proposed management initiatives for the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion (termed the ‘central region’).
- Improve water quality and reduce litter
- Achieve sustainable coastal use and development for healthy habitats
- Assist planning for a changing climate
- Reduce impacts on wildlife
- Protect the cultural values of the marine estate
- Ensure sustainable fishing and aquaculture
- Enable safe and sustainable boating
- Improve governance and enhance social and economic benefits
A separate consultation process will take place for spatial management in the Hawkesbury Shelf bioregion, as any proposal for spatial management must undergo extensive and rigorous consultation before a making a decision.
“We’d like to know what the community and key stakeholders think about the eight initiatives and proposed management actions included in the draft Strategy so it delivers on their expectations and needs,” said Dr Craik.
A series of regional workshops with peak marine estate stakeholders, local government, State agencies and Aboriginal communities will take place between 30 October and 8 December 2017.
The community and key stakeholders are encouraged to make a submission online by visiting the marine estate website www.marine.nsw.gov.au
The NSW Government has re-set the Marine Estate Management Authority’s work priorities to take into account several related reforms that are at a crucial stage of development. This has allowed the Marine Estate Management Strategy to progress ahead of other marine estate reform projects, ensuring a consistent, co-ordinated and evidence-based statewide approach to management of the marine estate.
Consequently, we have a number of important updates on the marine estateSchedule of Works to bring to your attention:
1. Draft Marine Estate Management Strategy - the Authority has released the first Draft Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018-2028 for public consultation, with feedback required by Friday 8 December 2017 via ouronline submission form. The draft Strategy is a first for NSW and is a key element of the marine estate reforms that sets the framework and strategic direction for marine estate management over the next decade.
2. Final Statewide Threat and Risk Assessment - the draft Strategy is underpinned by the NSW Marine Estate Threat and Risk Assessment Final Report (statewide TARA) which has also been released for information. The report identifies and ranks the priority statewide threats and risks to the environmental assets and social, cultural and economic benefits the community derive from the NSW marine estate.
3. Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report – Draft Statewide TARA - This report provides a summary of changes made to the final statewide TARA based on additional evidence and feedback provided during public engagement on the draft statewide TARA earlier this year.
4. NEW NSW Marine Protected Areas Policy Statement - this policy statement outlines the role and purpose of marine protected areas in marine estate management in NSW.
5. Phase 2 Community Engagement Report - Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment - the report provides an overview of the outcomes from community engagement (28 February to 8 May 2016) on eight suggested management initiatives to enhance marine biodiversity conservation in the bioregion while achieving balanced outcomes for all users of the marine estate.
Given the extent of work currently underway with implementation of the marine estate reforms, the Authority has developed a new e-newsletter to provide you with regular updates on projects outlined in the Schedule of Works. Further details on all of our work can also be found on the marine estate website.
- Improve water quality and reduce litter
- Achieve sustainable coastal use and development for healthy habitats
- Assist planning for a changing climate
- Reduce impacts on wildlife
- Protect the cultural values of the marine estate
- Ensure sustainable fishing and aquaculture
- Enable safe and sustainable boating
- Improve governance and enhance social and economic benefits
Draft Environment SEPP
The Explanation of Intended Effect for the Environment SEPP is on exhibition from 31 October 2017 until the 15 January 2018. The NSW government has been working towards developing a new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the protection and management of our natural environment. These areas are important to communities in delivering opportunities for physical health, economic security and cultural identity. This consolidated SEPP proposes to simplify the planning rules for a number of water catchments, waterways, urban bushland, and Willandra Lakes World Heritage Property. These environmental policies will be accessible in one location, and updated to reflect changes that have occurred since the creation of the original policies. The Department of Planning and Environment is seeking your feedback on the proposed SEPP to update and improve the planning framework in regards to these environmental issues. This is discussed in the Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for the proposed Environment SEPP. Changes proposed include consolidating the following seven existing SEPPs:
• State Environmental Planning Policy No. 19 – Bushland in Urban Areas• State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011• State Environmental Planning Policy No. 50 – Canal Estate Development• Greater Metropolitan Regional Environmental Plan No. 2 – Georges River Catchment• Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 20 – Hawkesbury-Nepean River (No.2-1997)• Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005• Willandra Lakes Regional Environmental Plan No. 1 – World Heritage Property. Changes are also proposed to the Standard Instrument – Principal Local Environmental Plan. Some provisions of the existing policies will be transferred to new Section 117 Local Planning Directions where appropriate. The EIE outlines changes to occur, implementation details, and the intended outcome. It considers the existing SEPPs proposed to be repealed and explains why certain provisions will be transferred directly to the new SEPP, amended and transferred, or repealed due to overlaps with other areas of the NSW planning system. Download the EIE document (PDF: 6.215 MB)
Have your say on the Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed Environment SEPP until 15 January 2018
We welcome your feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect and encourage you to have your say. • Or write to:
Director, Planning FrameworksDepartment of Planning and Environment GPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001
Primary Production And Rural Development
Draft SEPP And Planning Reforms
The agricultural sector is vital to the NSW economy as it provides food and other products for local consumption and export, and is a major employer in regional areas. The NSW Government is proposing changes to the planning system to further support sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and rural development. These changes will help ensure planning proposals affecting rural land are properly assessed and provide greater certainty to farmers on the types of activities that will require development consent. The Department of Planning and Environment is seeking your feedback on a package of reforms to update and improve the planning framework for primary production and rural development. These are discussed in the Primary Production and Rural Development - Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE). The proposals outlined in the EIE will help industry and the community respond to existing challenges. Simpler and more streamlined processes will allow us to adapt to emerging economic opportunities as they arise. They also support commitments in the NSW Right to Farm Policy. Changes proposed include consolidating the following five existing SEPPs:• State Environmental Planning Policy (Rural Lands) 2008 (Rural Lands SEPP)• State Environmental Planning Policy 30 - Intensive Agriculture (SEPP 30)• State Environmental Planning Policy 52 - Farm Dams and Other Works in Land and Water Management Plan Areas (SEPP 52)• State Environmental Planning Policy 62 - Sustainable Aquaculture (SEPP 62)• Sydney Regional Environmental Plan 8 - Central Coast Plateau Areas (SREP 8) The EIE outlines provisions to be included in a new SEPP. It also highlights proposals to transfer existing plan making requirements to the Ministerial Planning Directions under section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and to amend the Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan. • Part 1 – Executive summary• Part 2 – The new SEPP• Part 3 – Proposed amendments to other planning legislation• Conclusion• Attachment A – Planning framework• Attachment B – Summary of key policy proposals• Attachment C – Existing SEPPs• Attachment D – Existing clause analysis and proposed action• Attachment E – Outline of revised definitions and clauses Download the whole EIE documentDownload the FAQsPlanning guidelines for intensive livestock agriculture developmentDraft guidelines have been prepared to support the proposed planning reforms. These are intended to assist applicants and planning authorities to understand the assessment requirements for new intensive livestock developments, such as feedlots, poultry farms and pig farms. Download the draft guidelines
Have your say until 18 December 2017We welcome your feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect and draft planning guidelines and encourage you to make a submission.• Or write to:
Director, Planning FrameworksDepartment of Planning and EnvironmentGPO Box 39Sydney NSW 2001 Published submissions will include your name and the organisation on whose behalf you may be writing. Contact details such as email and postal addresses, and telephone numbers are not published. The Department reserve the right to not publish selected submissions (in full or part).Please read our privacy statement.
Where can I find out more about the Draft Primary Production and Rural Development SEPP reforms package?• For further information please see the Frequently Asked Questions, or phone 1300 305 695.• If you require translation assistance, please call 131 450. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates from the Department.
EP&A Regulation Review
Review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
The Department has recently commenced a review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation).
This review follows proposed changes to the Regulation’s parent Act, theEnvironmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). While the EP&A Act provides the overarching framework for the planning system in NSW, the Regulation supports the day-to-day requirements of this system.
This review affords an opportunity to undertake a comprehensive look at the Regulation and remove any unnecessary complexities or outdated rules which make the system hard to use. As a first step, the Department is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the current Regulation. The Department has prepared an issues paper that outlines the key operational provisions of the Regulation and seeks:• Stakeholder views on known issues with the current Regulation• Stakeholder feedback to help identify other issues, including suggestions for updating and improving the function of key operational provisions and reducing unnecessary regulatory and administrative burdens.
What does the Regulation address?The Regulation contains key operational provisions for the NSW planning system, including those relating to:• Planning instruments, including requirements and procedures for planning proposals and procedures for making and amending development control plans• Procedures relating to development applications and complying development certificates • Existing uses and designated development• Requirements for environmental assessment under Part 5 of the EP&A Act and applications for State significant infrastructure• Environmental impact statements • Building regulation and subdivision certification o Note: the review of the Regulation will not examine these building and certification provisions, as broader building regulation reforms are being fast tracked through a separate process.
• Fees and charges, including fees for development applications, building certificates and other planning services • Development contributions, including the preparation of contributions plans• Planning certificates, which provide information about land•Other miscellaneous matters, including amounts for penalty notices (or fines) that may be issued for breaches of the EP&A Act and the Regulation, provisions for planning bodies (the Planning Assessment Commission and Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels), development by the Crown, and record keeping requirements for councils.
What are the objectives of the review?The review of the Regulation presents an opportunity to build on the proposed changes to the EP&A Act and further improve the architecture of the planning system.
The objectives are to undertake a comprehensive review of the Regulation in order to:• reduce administrative burden and increase procedural efficiency (e.g. by removing any outdated rules which make the system hard to use)• reduce complexity • establish a simpler, more modern and transparent planning system.
Have your say until 24 November 2017The NSW Government welcomes your feedback on the EP&A Regulation Review issues paper. Feedback received in response to this issues paper will be used to inform the preparation of a draft regulation, which will be released for consultation in 2018. You can provide your feedback by:• Emailing Regulation.Review@planning.nsw.gov.au• Writing to:Director, Legislative UpdatesDepartment of Planning and EnvironmentGPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001
Your feedback can play a vital role in the review of the Regulation. Where can I find out more?• Call us on 1300 305 695• Email: Regulation.Review@planning.nsw.gov.au• If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to us on 1300 305 695.
Repeal Of Two Operational SEPPs
By NSW Dept. of PlanningExhibition Commences 27/10/2017Exhibition Concludes 22/12/2017The Department of Planning and Environment is reviewing State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) to simplify and modernise the planning system by removing duplicated, redundant and outdated planning controls.
The Department proposes to improve and simplify NSW development standards by repealing SEPP No. 1 - Development Standards and SEPP (Miscellaneous Consent Provisions) 2007 (MCP SEPP). The planning provisions contained in these two policies will be incorporated in local planning controls.
Both SEPPs now only apply to lands which have been deferred from the Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan. Councils that have adopted the Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan already have the equivalent measures in place within their areas. This means local controls will essentially replace the function of the repealed SEPPs.
The Department of Planning and Environment will work with affected councils to manage the transition of planning provisions into their Local Environmental Plans.
The Repeal of two operational SEPPs package is currently on exhibition until 22 December 2017.
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Introducing Ernie, The Return And Earn Wombat
A New Standard For Inclusive Kids Play Spaces
Impact Of Coral Bleaching On Western Australia's Coastline
Great Barrier Reef Protected Zones Help Fish In Even Lightly Exploited Areas
Has Protecting Marine Species Become A Job For Statisticians?
Lock The Gate Takes Qld Government To Court To Unlock $1 Coal Mine Sale Secrets
November 09, 2017
Lock the Gate has today filed an application in Qld’s Supreme Court for the Queensland Government to release reasons for setting the financial assurance amount required of smaller miner Orion after it bought Blair Athol coal mine from Rio Tinto for $1.
A Warbler's Flashy Yellow Throat? There Are Genes For That
Women Rock: New Symposium Celebrates Females In Earth Sciences
Carbon Fibre Breakthrough For Australian Industry
Googong Foreshores Joins Commonwealth Heritage List
Icebreaker Construction Barges Ahead
Study Points To Better Testing Of Seniors' Cognitive Health
Nominations Open For 2018 Australian Surfing Awards Incorporating The Hall Of Fame
Biomarker May Predict Early Alzheimer's Disease
Old Human Cells Rejuvenated In Breakthrough Discovery On Aging
Australian Government launches trial of world-first satellite positioning technology
- The SBAS trial is being managed by Geoscience Australia in partnership with the global technology companies GMV, Inmarsat and Lockheed Martin.
- The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) is managing the industry projects which will trial, evaluate and report on the benefits and applications relevant to their business and sector.
- The CRCSI received 86 applications to participate in the trial.
- The projects range across 10 industry sectors including agriculture, aviation, construction, consumer, maritime, rail, road, resources, spatial and utilities.
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New Initiative To Enhance STEM Leaders In Our Schools
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
CSIRO Announces Investment In Two New Science Breakthroughs
Rule Change To Put Customers First
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