Some of the state’s most significant public assets will be transformed into iconic tourism destinations under a historic agreement with Destination NSW and Crown lands.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by NSW Nationals Water, Property and Housing Minister Melinda Pavey to transform Crown reserves, some of the state’s most iconic and beautiful public spaces, into tourism hubs.
The agreement marks the launch of NSW’s first State Strategic Plan for Crown Land which aims to grow tourism, support community groups, boost regional economies, advance Aboriginal interests, provide more green open space, and protect the environment.
Ms Pavey said there were about 34 million hectares of Crown land in NSW covering 42 per cent of the state, and the 10-year Crown land 2031 strategy would ensure the land was put to its best use to benefit communities.
“Crown land is community land, we want our communities to unlock its full potential to support not only the local economy, but also its heritage and cultural opportunities, while keeping it in public ownership,” Ms Pavey said.
“Crown land supports showgrounds, racecourses, public marine assets, and organisations like our surf lifesaving clubs, scout and girl guide halls, men’s sheds, and the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and Police Citizens Youth Clubs.
“The plan focuses on using Crown land to bring communities together through its use by local government, community and not-for-profit organisations.”
NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said it was great to have the launch of the State Strategic Plan held in Forster, describing it as a fantastic day for the local community.
“Crown lands are multi-use hubs which bring community groups together. I am excited to see how this will grow and provide opportunities to our Crown land and bring an extra economic boost to our region,” Mr Bromhead said.