First Action Plan - Piloting change

Crown land 2031 includes a commitment to develop pilot programs to trial and assess the merit of new ideas, approaches and ways of working before applying them. The pilot projects for the first action plan include:

Housing partnerships

House in rural setting on a hillCrown Lands has entered a historic agreement with the NSW Land and Housing Corporation to explore how Crown land can be used to provide much-needed housing through partnerships with Aboriginal people, other areas of government and local communities.

The first project to come from this shared commitment is underway in the regional town of Cooma. By working in collaboration, Crown Lands, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council and the NSW Land and Housing Corporation will enable as many as 200 homes to be built on what is currently Crown land in Cooma.

Activate spatial tool

Caravans and four-wheel drives parked on the banks of Lake Copeton, Lake Copeton. Credit: Destination NSWThis pilot will test making NSW Crown land data publicly available so communities and stakeholders can do their own research about Crown land more easily. This includes finding out about the purposes for which the land is reserved, and what tenures are in place.

Providing this information on Crown land will transform the way communities and stakeholders interact with the Crown estate. It will provide greater transparency and help communities and stakeholders identify and make decisions on possible opportunities and uses of Crown land.

Commercial marinas

Sun setting over Anchorage Marina, Corlette in the Port Stephens region. Credit: Destination NSWLeasing arrangements deliver a wide range of commercial, social and community benefits to the people of NSW by facilitating business operations, community activity, and not-for-profit use of Crown land and assets.

Contemporary lease terms will be negotiated with commercial marina operators who use and occupy Crown land to provide secure tenure, investor confidence and a commercial return to the State of NSW.

This pilot, focusing on commercial marinas, will be the first in a series to test commercial arrangements within high-value sectors. This staged approach will help us carry out effective commercial reforms across the diversity of the Crown estate.

Solutions brokerage

Aboriginal wood carvings near the Menindee Tourist Information Centre. Credit: Destination NSWThe department will increase the use of Aboriginal Land Agreements and Indigenous Land Use Agreements to open up new opportunities through the resolution of Aboriginal land rights and recognition of native title interests on Crown land.

The department will enter into a strategic program partnership with NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) and codify our approach to working together to accomplish practical, on-the-ground outcomes in ways that are inclusive and flexible. This work will be guided by Aboriginal stakeholder priorities.

The department may also bring multiple parties together as required to broker more projects and find site-specific solutions.

Aboriginal tourism experiences

Peter Peckham of First Lesson Cultural Tours, Dubbo sharing his knowledge of aboriginal tools and the Grinding Grooves site. Credit: Destination NSWShowcasing vibrant contemporary culture is a feature of the NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 and the Crown estate is well placed to support this aspiration and unlock economic opportunities for Aboriginal people.

In partnership with Aboriginal people, pilot locations will be identified on Crown land to:

  • engage with local Aboriginal communities to understand their priorities for the protection and sharing of Aboriginal culture on Crown land
  • partner with tourism operators and local Aboriginal communities to foster and develop authentic, accessible, high-quality and compelling Aboriginal cultural visitor experiences
  • work with Crown land managers to facilitate these new partnerships.

Open space

Scenic aerial view overlooking Victoria Park, Dubbo. Credit: Destination NSWFrom parks to open spaces and bushland, Crown land can support quality of life for residents, attract visitors and provide habitats for local wildlife.

The department will explore the use of spatial analysis tools to identify and prioritise land across the Crown estate for open space enhancement. Identifying our natural open space assets will mean the department can target investment, in partnership with Crown land managers, to enhance and maintain green and open space networks for current and future generations.