Crown land supporting regional growth in Cooma

Key workers, social housing residents, the local Aboriginal community and families in the Snowy region are set to benefit from a new initiative to better utilise government owned Crown land to deliver affordable housing where it is needed most in regional areas.

Delivering more affordable housing is a major government priority and unlocking Crown land will ensure more properties can be built to benefit NSW residents, particularly in regional areas. This agreement also addresses our commitment to work closely with our Aboriginal community partners to deliver better social, economic and cultural outcomes.

Using Crown land for regional housing

The diversity and size of the Crown estate means it can play a strong role in bringing communities together, as well as helping to support economic growth and facilitate investment in regional areas.

Determining public value locally, and the ongoing delivery of local community benefit are a key focus of the Crown land 2031 strategy and inform any decisions about the future use of Crown land.

Crown land 2031 established a strategic framework to encourage investment, facilitate innovative new uses and rethink the way in which Crown land contributes to the economy.

Supporting the delivery of new homes is helping to meet strong demand while creating jobs and stimulating local economies to help regional NSW's recovery from the impacts of drought, bushfire, and COVID-19.

When assessing the eligibility of land for disposal or purchase, the department will balance the social, economic, and environmental considerations of the site.

What is proposed for Cooma?

By working in collaboration Crown Lands, NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC), Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council, Department of Regional NSW and Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) will enable up to 140 housing lots to be built on what is currently Crown land in Cooma.

Please view NSW Land and Housing Corporation for more information and next steps on the Cooma project.

Working with the Aboriginal community

Cooma is an example of what can be achieved when the Aboriginal community and Government work in partnership to respond to issues affecting regional NSW, such as the current need to increase housing supply in Cooma. We will seek to replicate the success of this collaboration across NSW.

This agreement also delivers on the Crown Lands 2031 state strategic plan commitment to accelerate the realisation of Aboriginal land rights and native title in partnership with Aboriginal people.

Memorandum of Understanding

Cooma is the first community to benefit from a new state-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and Crown Lands signed in December 2021 that brings to life the NSW Government’s Housing 2041 and Crown land 2031 strategies to deliver better housing options in NSW.

The agencies will work together to identify suitable Crown land that can be used to build and grow the supply of social, affordable, and private housing in areas where accommodation shortages are the most severe.

View the Housing unlocked in Cooma, creating blueprint for housing delivery across regional NSW media release.