Crown Land Plans of Management

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In 2018, new legislation came into effect on the management of Crown Lands. One of the most significant changes of the new Act, the Crown Land Management Act 2016, is that it all Crown Reserves, where Council is the Crown Land Manager, must be managed as if it were public land under the Local Government Act 1993.

This means, when Crown Land receives a “Community” classification under the Local Government Act, it must be categorised in line with its Reserve Purpose, and a Plan of Management must prepared.

What do the Crown Land Reforms involve?

To comply with the new requirements of the Crown Land Management Act 2016, Council must first assign a Category to the land, based on the purpose for which it was initially reserved. Crown Lands have prepared guidelines to assist with this process. The initial categorisation is submitted to Crown Lands for determination.

Once the initial categorisation is complete, Council will draft Plans of Management for the Crown land reserves in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Land Management Act 2016. One of these provisions is that community engagement is conducted during the process.

What are Plans of Management?

Plans of Management are useful tools for managing community land. Plans of Management set out objectives and performance targets for community land and promotes active land management and use, including issuing tenures over the land.

Council is currently writing Plans of Management for the Crown Reserves for which we are Crown Land Managers.

These Plans of Management must be adopted by 30 June 2021.

In 2018, new legislation came into effect on the management of Crown Lands. One of the most significant changes of the new Act, the Crown Land Management Act 2016, is that it all Crown Reserves, where Council is the Crown Land Manager, must be managed as if it were public land under the Local Government Act 1993.

This means, when Crown Land receives a “Community” classification under the Local Government Act, it must be categorised in line with its Reserve Purpose, and a Plan of Management must prepared.

What do the Crown Land Reforms involve?

To comply with the new requirements of the Crown Land Management Act 2016, Council must first assign a Category to the land, based on the purpose for which it was initially reserved. Crown Lands have prepared guidelines to assist with this process. The initial categorisation is submitted to Crown Lands for determination.

Once the initial categorisation is complete, Council will draft Plans of Management for the Crown land reserves in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Land Management Act 2016. One of these provisions is that community engagement is conducted during the process.

What are Plans of Management?

Plans of Management are useful tools for managing community land. Plans of Management set out objectives and performance targets for community land and promotes active land management and use, including issuing tenures over the land.

Council is currently writing Plans of Management for the Crown Reserves for which we are Crown Land Managers.

These Plans of Management must be adopted by 30 June 2021.