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Departmental Media Release

1000 jobs in Cessnock possible following Blackhill rezoning

  • Date: 18.04.2017
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

An industrial precinct that could provide up to 1000 jobs in Cessnock is a step closer, following the rezoning of land at Blackhill.


The Department of Planning and Environment has finalised a planning proposal to amend Cessnock’s Local Environment Plan (LEP) to rezone around 300 hectares of land.


Marcus Ray, Deputy Secretary, Planning Services, said this site will play an important role in the future supply of employment land in region.


Nearly 200 hectares near the junction of the M1 Motorway, Pacific Highway and New England Highway will be zoned for industrial land, 64 hectares will be zoned for ‘environmental living’ to help maintain the rural character of the area to Blackhill Road, and 40 hectares will be zoned for environmental conservation.


Community views raised in almost 10 weeks of consultation in 2014 and 2016, as well as a meeting with community members, were considered in the Department’s assessment.


"This rezoning is the best option to provide the right balance of conservation, employment opportunities and continued environmental living opportunities for this important strategic site," Mr Ray said.


"The rezoning will also help to support local employment opportunities in the future.”


A Development Control Plan will be prepared for the site and will set out in more detail matters such as buffers, traffic requirements and infrastructure. A development application to the council would also be needed for any future development on the site.


For more information, visit the Department's LEP Tracking website here

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