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NSW gov’t debuts new planning, industry and environment super ministry

The NSW Government has merged the Department of Planning and Environment with the Department of Industry, renaming the combined body the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

The Berejiklian government announced the merger of the department following its re-election in April.

The new department will have responsibility for planning, infrastructure priorities, public spaces, the environment, industry and natural resources.

As part of the merger, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage was dismantled and its two principal functions absorbed by other departments. The environmental protection and management functions of the office have gone to DPIE, while the heritage functions of the office will be moved to the arts portfolio.

The department will be overseen by a handful of ministers, including Rob Stokes, who was appointed to the Planning and Public Spaces portfolio in the new ministry.

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