Exhibition

Department of Planning & Environment

Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan

The Department of Planning and Environment is undertaking strategic conservation planning in Western Sydney to balance the priorities of people and biodiversity at a landscape scale.

This is one of the largest conservation planning exercises ever undertaken in Australia, and will provide an enduring conservation legacy for Western Sydney.

What is the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan?

The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is the conservation plan being developed for Western Sydney. The Plan will identify how any impacts to biodiversity from projected growth in Western Sydney will be addressed. In doing so, it will help strike the balance between delivering positive environmental outcomes and supporting appropriate development over the next 37 years.

The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan will meet legislative requirements for strategic biodiversity certification under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and strategic assessment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

An important first step in developing the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is to publicly exhibit draft Terms of Reference for the strategic assessment under the Commonwealth (EPBC Act).

A strategic assessment is where a landscape scale assessment of impacts to matters of national environmental significance aims to meet environmental approvals under the EPBC Act. This, together with strategic biodiversity certification under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) are both being delivered through strategic conservation planning for Western Sydney.

The draft Terms of Reference set out what is required for undertaking the strategic assessment. Section 146(1B)(b)(ii) of the EPBC Act requires draft Terms of Reference to be published for a period of at least 28 days. We are now seeking comments on the draft Terms of Reference until 25 January 2019.

Following the public exhibition period, the Terms of Reference will be finalised, taking into account any comments received

This will be the first of many opportunities to have your say on strategic conservation planning in Western Sydney. The Draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is scheduled to be released for public comment and consultation in 2019.

Make your submission below, or alternatively you can mail to:
The Executive Director, Biodiversity and Sustainability Branch
Department of Planning and Environment
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2000

Public exhibition will close on 25 January 2019.

If you require a hard copy draft Terms of Reference to be mailed to you please call 1300 305 695.

All submissions will be made public in line with the Department’s objective to promote an open and transparent planning system. If you do not wish your submission to be made public, please make this explicit at the top of your submission. If you are happy for your submission to be public but want to maintain your privacy, please state this clearly at the top of your submission and do not include any of your personal information in the body of your submission or in any attachments. Before making a submission, please read our privacy statement.
Attachments & Resources
Key dates and other information
Exhibition Commences 28/11/2018
Exhibition Concludes 25/01/2019
Relevant Legislation Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Exhibiting agency or agencies Department of Planning and Environment
Type Plans
Local Government Area Blacktown City Council, Camden Council, Campbelltown City Council, Fairfield City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Liverpool City Council, Penrith City Council, Wollondilly Shire Council
Relevant Hyperlink http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/assessments/strategic/western-sydney
Making a submission

We value your input into the planning process and look forward to reading your submission. Please follow the steps below to make a submission online.

1. Read the Department's Privacy Statement

Your personal information is protected under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act). The Department collects personal information in submissions for the purposes set out in the Department's Privacy Statement.

We respect your right to privacy. Before lodging your submission you will be asked to confirm that you have read the terms of the Privacy Statement, which sets out:

  • how personal information is defined under the PPIP Act - it includes but is not limited to your name, address, and email address;
  • the purposes for which the department collects personal information; and
  • how personal information collected by the department will be used.

2. Decide whether to include your personal information in your submission

(a) When you make a submission we will publish:

  • the content of your submission and any attachments - including any personal information about you which you have chosen to include in those documents
  • a list of submitters, which will include:
    • your name (unless you request your name be withheld from the list by ticking the relevant box below)
    • your suburb or town

(b) If you wish to maintain your privacy in this submission process you must:

  • request your name be withheld from the list of submitters by ticking the relevant box in the form below, and
  • not include any of your personal information in your submission or attachments.

We will not publish offensive, threatening, defamatory or other inappropriate material.

3. Fill in the online submission form

To make an online submission, please fill in the following fields. Those marked with an asterisk "*" are mandatory.

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Please tick this box if you do not want your name published in the list of submitters on the department's website (see step 2, second dot point):

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We will publish your submission including any personal information about you which you have chosen to include in your submission, on the department's website. Your submission can be either typed in the column below or uploaded.

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4. Agree to the following statements

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5. Lodge your submission

Unless you agree with the statements at step four and tick the box you will not be able to lodge your submission. If you do not yet agree with the statements at step four, you may wish to read the Privacy Statement and/or remove personal information from your submission and any attachments.

6. Offence to provide false or misleading information

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