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State and Federal Government

There are several State and Federal Government agencies that are involved in the management and health of the Georges River and its catchment, either through direct land ownership, enforcement of legislation, or by providing advice to other land owners. The agencies include:

Federal Government

Department of the Environment  - Designs and implements the Australian Government's policies and programmes to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage and promote climate action.  The environmental framework is based on clean air, clean land, clean water and natural heritage.

State Government

  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage  - OEH works towards a healthy environment through management of the state's natural resources and natural and cultural heritage. The National Parks and Wildlife Service are part of OEH and own and manage a significant portion of land along the river - the Georges River National Park. 

    OEH also acts to minimise the impacts of climate change; promotes sustainable consumption, resource use and waste management; regulates activities to protect the environment; and conducts biodiversity, plant, environmental and cultural heritage research to improve decision making. 

Man fishing off rocks Revesby

  • NSW Department of Planning & Environment   - Operating under the guidance of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Department of Planning is the principal government agency vested with statutory, policy and administrative responsibility for strategic land use planning, major development and infrastructure projects, assessment and approval, thereby influencing what occurs within the catchment. 

  • NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) - acts in partnership with industry and other public sector organisations to foster profitable and sustainable development of primary industries in New South Wales.  The NSW DPI (Fisheries) is responsible for the issue of fishing licences, for delineating allowable areas for fishing and they also determine fish catch and size limits.

  • NSW Crown Lands -  Crown Lands represents knowledge, heritage, and responsible land management.  They are responsible for the management of Crown Land and State Parks throughout NSW as well as riverbeds.

  • NSW Roads & Maritime  - NSW Maritime  is responsible for marine safety, regulation of commercial and recreational boating (including boating licences) and oversight of port operations.  Maritime is also responsible for property management of submerged lands in Sydney Harbour, Newcastle Harbour, Botany Bay and Port Kembla, and for providing strategic advice on roads, ports and maritime matters to the NSW Government. 

  • Greater Sydney Local Land Services - GS LLS is a NSW Government agency responsible for the coordination and management of Sydney's natural resources. In Sydney, natural resources include land, rivers, estuaries and coastal systems.