Koala habitat protection State Environmental Planning Policy

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A State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) is a legal instrument that affects how land is developed and how natural resources are used, managed and conserved across NSW.

From 1 March 2020 the new State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2019 commenced, replacing SEPP No 44 – Koala Habitat Protection.

It includes a new definition of ‘core koala habitat’, mapping and a revised ‘feed tree species’ list designated by region. As Byron Shire falls within the North Coast koala management area, there are now 42 listed feed tree species.

Accompanying the SEPP, guidelines are being developed to outline how the SEPP is delivered through:

  • Guiding Council’s on how to prepare Koala Plans of Management
  • Defining the criteria and requirements for development applications
  • Guiding Council’s on how to implement the Ministerial Direction 2.6 Koala Habitat Protection
  • Providing information to the community on the role of the SEPP.

The NSW Dept Planning Infrastructure and Environment's draft Guideline was on public exhibition until 30 March 2020.