Environmental and conservation activities

Environmental and conservation activities

Where appropriate, WaterNSW will allow entry to the Special and Controlled Areas for not-for-profit conservation groups such as Bushcare and Landcare groups, conservation organisations, and other community groups for environmental and conservation programs. This may include bush regeneration activities such as weed removal, planting native vegetation, and environmental monitoring. If the proposed activities are part of a research project, applicants should apply under the Research category.

Additional information required

In addition to meeting the standard criteria, applicants must provide the following information to the satisfaction of WaterNSW:

  • A written proposal outlining the objectives of the conservation activities/program, and how these objectives will be met
  • Details of the proposed activities in the conservation program
  • Details about the safe use and storage of chemicals/herbicide if they will be used

Approvals under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Conservation activities and programs that involve invasive techniques, or which may impact on the environment, such as (but not limited to) soil excavation, removing native vegetation, or using chemicals or heavy machinery, may require approval and assessment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. If the conservation activity or program does require environmental assessment and approval under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the applicant must contact the WaterNSW Planning and Assessments Team, prior to submitting a consent application. They will discuss appropriate Environmental Impact Assessment and the relevant approval process.


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