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Rural Lands Strategy

The Rural Lands Strategy (the Strategy) was first initiated in 2012, as Council sought to investigate the issues and opportunities surrounding rural areas in Eurobodalla Shire.

The purpose of the Strategy has been to encourage a vibrant commercial agriculture sector, increase rural living opportunities and support the growth of rural business opportunities, including tourism. At the same time, the Strategy seeks to balance the rural economic outcomes with the requirements to conserve the biodiversity and landscape qualities of Eurobodalla’s private lands.

The Strategy was adopted by Council in 2016 after extensive consultation throughout the community.

As a result of the adopted Rural Lands Strategy, Council prepared a Rural Lands Planning Proposal (the Planning Proposal) to implement the recommendations of the Strategy. A planning proposal is a document explaining the intended effect of changes to a Local Environment Plan (LEP) and justifying the need for making the new plan.

Consistent with NSW Government requirements, Council placed the Rural Lands Planning Proposal on public exhibition from 9 May 2018 to 22 June 2018 and received a number submissions.

A Council report was prepared in response to the submissions and was considered at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 August 2018. Council endorsed the Planning Proposal on this day and the proposal went to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) on 18 December 2018.

The Planning Proposal is at the final stage of assessment and is currently with the Department for a final review, and to make the new LEP consistent with the changes detailed in the proposal.

Presentations in response to submissions made

You can read the presentation made to Council in response to submissions from NSW Government agencies, and the presentation in response to all submissions:

Project details


Rural Lands Planning Proposal

The Rural Lands Planning Proposal, which was on public exhibition from 9 May to 22 June 2018.

Media releases issued about the Rural Lands project

Latest news

Council's media releases about the Rural Lands project.

FAQ and answers

Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Rural Lands Planning Proposal.

rural lands strategy timeline activities


A list of activities that have taken place since the project began in 2012.

Rural Lands Strategy, adopted 23 February 2016

Rural Lands Strategy

What's involved, strategy documents and supporting material.

Rural Lands Strategy project documents

Project documents

Presentations and reference documents related to the project.

committee meetings and minutes

Rural Lands Steering Committee

The committee's role, members, Terms of Reference and meeting minutes.

We can help you

Please contact us if you have any questions about the Rural Lands Strategy or planning proposal: