From Locale Consulting:
New Crown Land Management for NSW – an opportunity for local government?
On 14 November 2016 the biggest ever overhaul in Crown land legislation was assented to by the New South Wales parliament. This legislation, the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (CLM Act), has had a long incubation period and is a welcomed reform for the local government sector. It will replace eight separate pieces of legislation currently governing Crown land.
The CLM Act represents a significant opportunity for local councils to take direct ownership of Crown land that has local value. It also simplifies the processes for councils managing Crown land in the future. Councils will benefit from an early and thorough analysis of their landholdings to determine the best strategy to comply with the requirements of the CLM Act. This article considers the implications of the CLM Act for local councils.