A new agency, the Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA), was established under the NSW Government restructure that commenced on 1 July 2009.
The LPMA comprises the staff and functions of the Department of Lands, the State Property Authority, the Lake Illawarra Authority, the Hunter Development Corporation, the Office of Rural Affairs and the Office of Biofuels.
LPMA represents knowledge, heritage, and responsible land management. Since we documented the first State land records, we have continued as the guardians of all land information in NSW. Today, with new technologies and greater expertise in the field, we are a world leader in land information and management.
LPMA's Crown Lands Division (Crown Lands) works with business, local government and communities to help them grow and prosper. Crown Lands is responsible for the sustainable management of more than 43.7 million hectares of Crown land thats about half of NSWs total area.
Through expertise and a focus on public value, we identify opportunities for the provision of Crown land for economic development, housing, infrastructure, tourism, recreation and conservation. Developments and commercial opportunities include marinas and holiday resorts, foreshore development, public recreation and enhancements and community benefits partnerships.
And, in the case of this project the creation of an artificial reef and dive site.
The bed of the ocean is Crown land out to the three nautical mile limit. The ex-HMAS Adelaide will become a structure owned by the Crown resting on Crown land under the management of LPMA.
LPMA is the lead agency for delivery of the project including environmental studies, ship preparation and sinking as well as ongoing management of the site.
The nominated site for sinking the ex-HMAS Adelaide is on Crown land forming part of a Regional Crown Reserve within the three nautical mile state limit.
Photographs by Justin Gilligan