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Peat Island

The NSW Government is continuing with plans for the rezoning of Government land at Peat Island and Mooney Mooney. Public exhibition of the Proposal is anticipated late 2020. 

The Proposal 


The NSW Government has prepared a planning proposal to support the rezoning of the site and proposed land uses to revitalise Peat Island and Mooney Mooney, allowing public access to this prominent Hawkesbury River foreshore.

The revised proposal includes the potential to open up more than 2 kilometres of public access along the foreshore and more than 21 hectares of open space for the community, including an 11 hectare expansion of the adjacent bushland and Popran National Park.

Rezoning this land will ensure a viable and sustainable mix of residential, commercial and tourism developments, delivering ongoing jobs and sustained economic growth for Mooney Mooney and the region’s community.

Project Objectives 

Key development objectives:

•establish public access to Peat Island 
•develop residential dwellings on the foreshore land 
•develop a marina adjacent to Peat Island 
•develop a neighbourhood retail centre 
•retain and protect important indigenous and European heritage
•set aside land for a new Rural Fire Service shed and community

Current Status 

In October 2016, the Government lodged a revised Planning Proposal with Council. In March 2017, Council endorsed the Planning Proposal for lodging with the Department of Planning. A Gateway Determination was achieved on 10 August 2017.

The Gateway Determination stated that while the supporting studies for the Planning Proposal were sufficient to issue a conditional Gateway determination, a number of matters needed to be addressed before commencing Public Exhibition.

Since October 2017, the Government has undertaken a significant amount of consultation with public authorities and has engaged technical consultants to undertake all the additional environmental investigations. The Planning Proposal, draft LEP zoning maps and the Indicative Concept Plan have been redesigned to respond to comments received and to resolve the physical and environmental constraints identified by the additional technical investigations.

An Addendum Planning Proposal has been lodged with Council, incorporating the additional information. Council provided feedback to the addendum in March 2019. The Government is currently updating the supporting studies to address this feedback and is working with the Council towards a public exhibition period in late 2020, with rezoning gazettal to follow. Market sounding and a developer EOI process will be undertaken subject to completion of the rezoning.

Market sounding to implement the vision will be undertaken subject to completion of the rezoning.

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