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Putney purchase will preserve Bennelong's believed burial site

The NSW Government has purchased a property in Putney to ensure the protection and preservation of the believed resting place of early intermediary Woollarawarre Bennelong.

Government changes will keep Luna Park open
New rides could be introduced this holiday season at Luna Park thanks to the Department’s changes to state planning policies based on the community’s feedback.
Better biodiversity outcomes for Western Sydney
Commonwealth-NSW Agreement signed for one of the largest conservation planning exercises in Australia, which will protect biodiversity in Western Sydney now and into the future. Terms of Reference for the Agreement are out for public consultation until 25 January 2019.
Government launches Large-scale Solar Guideline
This guideline provides the community, industry, applicants and regulators with information on the planning framework for the assessment and approval of State significant large-scale solar energy projects.
Register for regional Planning Connects webinars 2019
From February 19 2019 a new program for the regions starts. Planning Connects Regions are webinars designed for town planners in local councils and private planning professionals. Join us as we explore the regional plans for areas outside Sydney.
New education unit teaches students the importance of protecting our night sky
Primary school teachers are encouraged to sign-up for a new Dark Sky education package we’ve developed with the Dubbo School of Distance Education and the NSW Department of Education.
The Department connects with Macarthur community
Late last year, the Department's spoke to 5,000 people, online and at our information van at Macarthur Square. We've heard a range of views about the Greater Macarthur 2040 interim plan and about what you value in your neighbourhood.

Would you like to add your views? Have your say by making an online submission before Friday 8 February 2019.
New Inland Code and farm building standards commenced 1 January 2019

The new Inland Code will make it easier, faster and cheaper for property owners in rural and regional inland areas of NSW to get approval for new homes, home renovations and farm buildings. 

Summary tables of the development standards in the new Code are also now available.

NSW councils say "Yes" to online DA service

More than 50 development applications have already been submitted to the new online DA service on the NSW Planning Portal. With 12 councils now using the ePlanning Program, the submission number is set to rise exponentially in the coming months.

The next big announcement will be the integration of the online DA service with the online Concurrence and Referral Service. This will mean councils will be able to initiate a referral with a State agency from the DA dashboard.

Help shape the Department's External Stakeholder Education program
We’re seeking your views on the Department and Environment’s Education Program. Complete the survey to help the Department understand your current and future educational needs and evaluate your satisfaction with the education program.
Community survey on IHAP operations
If you are a member of the community who has had experience with, or exposure to, Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs), you can provide feedback to the Department by completing a short survey before 12 February. If you haven’t had exposure to IHAPs, but would still like to have a say on the reforms, you can also participate in the survey.
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