The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands has developed the following guidance to support Crown land managers (CLMs) in designing and erecting general signage (non-regulatory) as well as regulatory signage and notices on Crown land.
The Crown Land Management Act 2016 (the Act) and Crown Land Management Regulation 2018 allow for CLMs to put up signs or public notices if they need to restrict particular visitor activities or access to the reserve. The Act and Regulation also provide for penalties to be incurred for certain violations - issued through an appointed authorised officer.
Appropriate and clear signage helps:
The information on signs can be communicated in many ways. The most suitable layout may be determined by:
As the following templates show, particular technical requirements apply to Crown land signage. These signs must:
Using symbols on signage helps visually display key messages to Crown reserve visitors. You can use four categories of symbols for signage:
Please refer to the signage symbol library to help you develop signage for your reserve.
When deciding signage size, consider the following:
Signs may be of any size to suit your needs. However, where a sign aims to inform about a safety hazard or regulatory prohibition, we recommend a more prominent sign. The sign-writer is generally the most appropriate resource for recommending sizing options based on the information on the sign, its location and its purpose.
Sign materials vary and depend on factors such as intention, life expectancy and the environment. Consider the following questions when determining sign materials:
Where vandalism or theft is a concern, we recommend an anti-graffiti coating to ensure signage longevity as well as locking mechanisms.
Sign frames are great options for permanent sign locations. They allow the message to change as information or details change (more information on sign frames follows).
CLMs must display regulatory signage and notices in a conspicuous, prominent and visible location on or near the Crown land (or at a commonly used access point to the land). For example, you should place a sign telling visitors that camping is prohibited in an area that is highly visible to visitors upon entering the reserve.
It is also important to be aware of signage that may already exist at the proposed location and ensure that additional signage does not create information overload or confuse the reader.
As the Act specifies, you must display regulatory signs and notices in specific locations on Crown land—for example:
The department has prepared the following signage templates, which are available for CLMs to use and adapt.
CLMs can download the templates online (access is restricted to CLMs who have supplied their email address to Crown Lands via the Reserve Manager Portal). View our guide on how to access the templates.
A regulatory notice is most often a paper-based document that you can use:
To help CLMs, we have included the template for a paper notice, Section 9.5 (2). This notice can prohibit persons from activities as prescribed by the Regulation. We have also included a direction template under Section 9.6 (4) concerning vehicles on Crown land; you can use this in instances where a vehicle, including boats, caravans and the like, are likely to cause harm or danger to persons, animals or property.
CLMs can download the templates online (access is restricted to CLMs who have supplied their email address to Crown Lands via the Reserve Manager Portal).
It is important to note that a written direction concerning vehicles on Crown land is required only if a person has not complied with a verbal direction.
Where feasible, please send any regulatory notice templates to email@example.com for review and endorsement.
Sign frames for notices or other short-term information
The following sign frame includes an aluminium signage clip border to house and display short-term information. The perspex window protects the sign from the elements and allows for easy change of information when necessary.
These sign frames are excellent options if you want more permanent-looking signs that also allow you to change the message as necessary.
Use the following materials for regulatory notices or temporary information for reserve users:
Common restrictions that the Regulation prescribes include preventing and prohibiting visitors from the following activities if appropriate for managing the reserve:
Additionally, CLMs may manage the use and access of the reserve with signage by:
This Crown land manager web resource was printed on 28 Mar 2023. The information contained in this web resource is based on knowledge and understanding at the time of writing Mar 2023. However, because of advances in knowledge, users are reminded of the need to ensure that the information upon which they rely is up to date and to check the currency of the information by referring to the website (www.reservemanager.nsw.gov.au).
© State of New South Wales through Department of Planning, Industry & Environment 2023.
Page link: https://reservemanager.crownland.nsw.gov.au/using-crown-reserves/signage