The NSW Department of Planning and Environment received $100,000 through Round 2 of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund program for the Port Kembla Surplus Industrial Land Activation Project.
The project is a necessary step in helping to further activate the Port Kembla industrial precinct. This will increase economic activity, a key element of the PKCIF program objective. The project involved the completion of studies, investigations and infrastructure planning to address key constraints currently preventing the release of surplus industrial land in Port Kembla for alternative employment-generating uses.
The changing nature of large industrial operations in Port Kembla has resulted in several sites becoming surplus to the business needs of existing operators and land owners. Changing land use pressures in Sydney is driving demand for heavy industrial-zoned premises close to key transportation networks. There is an opportunity to redevelop surplus industrial land in Port Kembla to meet this demand and drive additional employment generation in the suburb and broader region.
Before Port Kembla surplus industrial land can be released for alternative land uses, issues of access, utilities servicing, biodiversity and contamination need to be addressed. This project completed necessary studies to identify and ameliorate impediments at three key sites which will help activate this land for employment-generating purposes.
This project is of significant strategic importance for the revitalisation of Port Kembla. It is a key priority action under the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan. It project also complements the 360 Illawarra-Shoalhaven Economic Outlook and Wollongong City Council’s 2505 Revitalisation Plan.
The project was completed in August 2019.