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Encyclopedia > New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change

The Department of Environment and Climate Change (formerly Department of Environment and Conservation) is the peak environmental regulator in the state of New South Wales, Australia. DECC is a NSW Government Agency and was created in September 2003 from the merger of: Capital Sydney Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Professor Marie Bashir Premier Morris Iemma (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 50  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $305,437 (1st)  - Product per capita  $45,153/person (4th) Population (End of March 2006)  - Population  6,817,100 (1st)  - Density  8. ... Many New South Wales government agencies are coming to adopt a form of the states Coat of Arms as their insignia. ...

  • the Environment Protection Authority,
  • the National Parks and Wildlife Service,
  • the Botanic Gardens Trust, and
  • Resource NSW.

The Department was renamed in April 2007 to incorporate its climate change responsibilities.



The department is responsible for:

  • management of flora and fauna
  • promotion of environmentally sustainable consumption and production
  • protection of the state's cultural heritage, particularly Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • regulation of air and water quality, noise, chemicals, radiation and waste disposal

The organisation has strong links with the Sydney Catchment Authority.


The department is headed by Director-General Lisa Corbyn and is headquartered in Sydney, with offices across the state. The NSW Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water is Phil Koperberg. The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4,200,000 people, and 151,920 within the city centre. ... Philip Christian Koperberg AO AFSM BEM is the Commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in Australia. ...

It consists of eight divisions.

  • Strategy, Communication and Governance Division
  • Parks and Wildlife Division
  • Sustainability Programs Division
  • Policy and Science Division
  • Cultural Heritage Division
  • Environment Protection and Regulation Division
  • Corporate Services Division
  • Botanic Gardens Trust

Although an agency of the NSW government, the department includes a number of independent boards and committees. The management of the Botanic Gardens is overseen by the Botanic Gardens Trust. The powers of the Environment Protection Authority - exercised by the department, sometimes to investigate or prosecute government agencies - are formally vested in an independent board.

Threatened species determinations are made by an Independent Scientific Committee. A number of advisory councils have been established to allow community members to have a say in the management of parks and reserves.

Environment protection

The department and its predecessor, the Environment Protection Authority, have run a number of highly-publicised campaigns on pollution-related issues, many of them in conjunction with local government. Priority areas have included keeping stormwater clean, monitoring water pollution at ocean and harbour beaches, litter reduction and air quality management.

Parks and Wildlife

The Parks and Wildlife division is referred to in the department's external communications by its pre-merger name, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The NPWS manages over 660 protected areas in the state, including Kosciuszko National Park, Sydney Harbour National Park, Royal National Park and the Blue Mountains National Park. Kosciuszko is a national park in New South Wales (Australia), 354 km southwest of Sydney. ... Parts of Sydney Harbour, its foreshores and various islands make up a national park. ... Winter at Wattamolla beach. ... Categories: Australia geography stubs | National parks of New South Wales ...

With the national parks estate covering around 10 per cent of New South Wales, the department is a significant player in debates over land management in the state. The NPWS has a significant amount of responsibility for fire management in the state, and is often the target of criticism when Sydney - the so-called "city in a national park" - is threatened by bushfire.

As a land manager, the NPWS must also address pest management issues. The status of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park and deer in Royal National Park is particularly contested, with many park users viewing these introduced species as having heritage value.

The New South Wales Labor government under Bob Carr sought to significantly increase the size of the national parks estate. This was despite funding constraints, meaning that funding per unit area has fallen in recent years. A large number of parks and reserves in the NPWS estate lack detailed plans of management and fire management strategies[citation needed]. Robert John Carr (born 28 September 1947), Australian politician, was Premier of New South Wales from 25 March 1995 to 3 August 2005. ...

Botanic Gardens Trust

The Botanic Gardens Trust manages four parkland areas in and around metropolitan Sydney.

The Royal Botanic Gardens is a 30 hectare site located beside Sydneys Central Business District. ... The Domain is a large open space in Sydney, Australia, immediately east of the central business district. ... Wollemi Pine protected by a steel cage Mount Annan Botanic Garden is a 410 hectare hilly area in the southern Sydney suburb of Mount Annan established in 1984, specializing in native plants, with a collection of over 4000 species. ...

Other agencies

The department is mirrored at a national level by the Department of the Environment and Heritage. Some protected areas in metropolitan Sydney are protected by other agencies, including local councils, the Centennial Park Trust, the Sydney Olympic Park Trust, and the Australian Government's Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Elsewhere in the state are protected areas managed by the Marine Parks Authority of New South Wales and the State Parks of New South Wales. The Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) is a department of the Australian federal government. ... Centennial Park is a large area of parkland in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia, set aside to celebrate the first 100 years of European settlement in Australia. ... Sydney Olympic Park map Sydney Olympic Park is a 640-hectare site located at Homebush Bay, New South Wales, Australia. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • National parks website
  • Botanic Gardens Trust website



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