Crown land managers

What is a Crown land manager?

We are fortunate in New South Wales to have more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 1.3 million hectares. Crown reserves are diverse and make a positive contribution to the social, economic, environmental and cultural features of the state. They are our showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs, parks, sporting venues, foreshores, caravan parks, recreational trails and halls.

The management of Crown reserves is based on a partnership between government and the community. A Crown land manager is the name given to an entity that is appointed to be responsible for the care, control and management of Crown reserves on behalf of the people of NSW. The type of entities that can be appointed as a Crown land manager include a local council, a Local Aboriginal Land Council, an incorporated association, a corporation or a statutory land manager. Individual community minded volunteers can participate in the management of Crown land as an appointed board member of a statutory land manager.

The diversity of our managers is a reflection of the vast range of services provided on Crown reserves. Every local council in NSW participates in the management of Crown reserves as an appointed Crown land manager. In addition, more than 340 incorporated associations and corporations and over 600 individual boards are managing Crown reserves for the benefit of our community. This network of community minded organisations and individuals manage over 7,500 Crown reserves across NSW.

Working with the community, we can:

  • recognise and conserve the special values of Crown reserves,
  • ensure that all persons have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy these values,
  • manage the reserves to meet community needs, and protect reserves for future generations