Managing public utilities

Managing public utilities

There is a range of existing public utilities infrastructure in the Special and Controlled Areas. This includes existing energy transmission lines, gas pipelines, telecommunications towers, water and sewerage supply infrastructure not managed by WaterNSW, and road and railway crossings. WaterNSW grants consent to Special and Controlled Areas for routine management and maintenance of this public infrastructure by the relevant external parties.

As entry for routine management and maintenance is ongoing for most of these assets, WaterNSW is moving towards a system of long term consent agreements (instead of issuing one off consents) with external parties who own the infrastructure. For more information about this type of access consent, contact WaterNSW's Investigation and Compliance Team.

WaterNSW considers routine management and maintenance activities as activities that do not require environmental assessment and approval under Part 4 or 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This may include, but is not limited to, vegetation management, emergency maintenance or repair work, routine infrastructure maintenance, maintenance or repair work for safety or security - including repairing security fencing, temporary fencing or existing gates, or maintenance and repair of existing temporary structures.

Where entry is sought for activities beyond routine management and maintenance (such as installing new infrastructure) which require environmental assessment and approval under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the applicant must contact WaterNSW's Planning and Assessments Team prior to submitting a consent application. The Planning and Assessments Team will discuss appropriate Environmental Impact Assessment and the relevant approval process.

Additional information required

In addition to showing how the consent application meets the standard criteria, applicants must provide, to the satisfaction of WaterNSW, the following information:

  • A detailed description of the proposed management and maintenance activity
  • If WaterNSW has negotiated an Environmental Management Plan with the applicant relating to the management and maintenance of existing infrastructure, it should be referenced in the application.


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