Making a submission

The NSW Government is committed to managing the Crown estate to maximise outcomes for the community. This includes the sale of road reserves which are not required for public access. In many cases there is considerable scope to rationalise the Crown road network without compromising the broader public interest.

When an application to close a road is received the proposal is advertised, inviting submissions from interested parties. All relevant authorities and adjoining owners are also notified. Concerns that are raised about recreational use of and access to Crown roads are considered in this process for closure and disposal.

Each road closure application is considered and assessed, taking into account the following matters: 

  • Current use of the road for access including any topographical or environmental restraints that may exist.
  • Requirements to maintain primary legal and/or practical access, where already available, to holdings.
  • Requirements to maintain access to other Crown Land (eg reserves) or waterways.
  • Current utilisation of the road by other parties such as Enclosure Permit and other tenure holders and any relevant existing fencing.
  • Alternative access available to affected landholders.
  • Local government and other government authorities submissions regarding the proposed closure


Submissions from any interested party should be made in writing, clearly outlining any issues for consideration in regards to the proposed closure. Submissions are only considered if received during the 28 day submission period and should be accompanied by supporting documentation where appropriate (eg tenure details, fencing diagrams, photos).

Please note that under the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act, such submissions may be referred to third parties (such as council or the closure applicant) for consideration.

Parties making submissions need to quote the file reference number and direct the submission to the Crown Lands case officer whose details are found within the .