NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Pemulwuy Project.

What changes are being proposed for the Pemulwuy Project?

In 2016 the Aboriginal Housing Company approached the Department with a proposal to modify the concept approval, together with a new State Significant Development (SSD) application for student accommodation in Precinct Three.

While the modifications to the concept approval and project approval relate to all three precincts, the SSD application relates only to Precinct Three.

Together, these applications seek approval for additional student housing (from 154 to 596 beds) in a larger building (increasing from six to 24 storeys) located in Precinct Three.

The modification to the project approval seeks to delete Precinct Three buildings and the land-bridge, and replace retail in Precinct One with gallery use, as well as amend the public domain works and landscaping.

As a requirement of our SSD assessment, the design of the proposed building in Precinct Three will be overseen by a Design Review Panel and Design Integrity Panel.

More information is available at the Pemulwuy Project website

Where can I find more information?

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Who assessed the proposal by the Aboriginal Housing Company?

The Department assessed the Pemulwuy Project applications, according to the State Significant Development process. The modification to the concept approval was assessed under the transitional provisions relating to approvals under Part 3A.

In October 2018, the Department referred the project to the Independent Planning Commission for determination. The IPC approved the applications in March 2019.

How can I read comments made on the proposal?

Comments received during exhibition of the concept plan modification and State Significant Development application for the Pemulwuy Project are publicly available on our major projects website.

Public submissions and comments received by the IPC during their consideration of the applications are also available.

Page last updated: 23/11/2022