Community engagement

Crown land is used by the community for a wide range of activities and purposes including sporting fields and parks, open space, community halls, walking tracks and caravan and camping grounds. Some Crown land is used for schools, hospitals and other public purposes. Crown land can also be leased for commercial or agricultural purposes, as well as being released for land development and sale.

The community uses and benefits from Crown land, so it’s important for you to be involved in making the decisions on how land is enjoyed and managed. The Community Engagement Strategy will be an important tool to facilitate this involvement.

Purpose of the Community Engagement Strategy

Once it is approved by the Minister for Lands and Forestry and the new legislation comes into force, the Community Engagement Strategy will ensure decisions about the Crown land you use and enjoy are made in an open and transparent way by setting out engagement requirements for certain dealings under the Crown Land Management Act 2016. It acknowledges that communities’ needs vary and a range of engagement approaches are required to ensure community views are understood before important decisions are made.

The Community Engagement Strategy will be used by the department and non-council Crown land managers.

Draft Community Engagement Strategy

The draft Community Engagement Strategy and a draft Guidance and Resources document were on public exhibition for community feedback from 16 October to 10 December 2017. Submissions will all be considered in preparing the final Strategy.

The Guidance and Resources document will contain steps, templates and resources to help manage communications and engagement required under the Strategy.

The dealings and activities that will be covered by the Strategy are:

  • changes to reservations and dedications
  • licences
  • leases
  • vestings
  • sales
  • plans of management
  • the State Strategic Plan

Learn more about the draft Strategy:

Further information can be found in the following documents: