Council infrastructure Part 5 assessments

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We are responsible for essential infrastructure like roads and stormwater, water and sewer, parks and sports fields and community buildings.

Environmental assessments

All works we undertake require assessment and approval under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). This ensures minimal environmental impact during the construction of the works and that the final construction and operation won’t cause any additional impacts to residents or the environment.

There are several assessment pathways that these types of developments can take in NSW. One of these pathways use Part 5, Division 5.1 of the EP&A Act.

We assess the environmental impacts of our activities through a Division 5.1 assessment referred to as a review of environmental factors (REF). The document that records the Division 5.1 assessment is the REF document.

Publication requirements of environmental assessments

Clause 171(4) of the EP&A Regulation requires us to publish REFs for any activity that falls within at least one of the following:

Published REFs


A printed copy of any REFs published on this page can be made available upon request. Please email Council's Environmental Scientist Team Leader at or phone 02 6670 2400.

Relevant REFs required to be published, if any, will be listed here. 

More information

For more information on Division 5.1 assessment requirements, please refer to the Department of Planning and Environment’s Guidelines for Division 5.1 assessments.

To learn more about the Tweed’s land use planning framework visit our Land use and planning controls page.