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Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet representing the State of New South Wales
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is a division of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. OEH was formed on 4 April 2011 following an announcement of new administrative arrangements for the public service in NSW, which saw most of the functions of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water transferred to the new Office of Environment and Heritage. OEH is an environmental regulator and a manager of parks and gardens in NSW and develops and leads policy and reform in sustainability, biodiversity and native vegetation, coastal protection and Aboriginal cultural heritage. The Heritage Branch (from the former Department of Planning) is also now part of the OEH and it works with communities to identify important places and objects and provides guidance in looking after heritage items.In regulatory matters for environment protection, OEH acts under the powers of the statutory Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and its Board. The organisation also provides staff, services and other support to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the NSW Environmental Trust and the Lord Howe Island Board.