Helensburgh draft rezoning goes on exhibition

WOLLONGONG City Council is exhibiting a draft Planning Proposal to rezone land at Helensburgh, Otford and Stanwell Tops.
The draft proposal will be on exhibition until October 5 and Council is encouraging all landowners to make a submission on the draft proposal.
The draft proposal is seeking to rezone different precincts in the three suburbs from the E3 Environmental Management zone (formerly 7(d) Hacking River – Environment Protection) to the E2 Environmental Conservation zone and a variety of other zones.
Council considered 12 reports on the different precincts in the area at its meeting on November 28 2011.
Following that meeting the draft proposal has been sent to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure which has approved the draft proposal for exhibition.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it is essential that interested people and landowners acquaint themselves with the draft proposal.
“I’m encouraging people to view the proposal and make a submission as this is the best way that we as Councillors can hear the voice of the people in the city over this complex issue,” Cr Bradbery said.
As well as Council’s website, the draft Planning Proposal can be viewed at:
Councils Administration Building at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Wollongong libraries, during library hours.
Comments on the draft Planning Proposal and submissions should be lodged with Council by October 5. Submissions can either be posted to Council at Locked Bag 8821, WOLLONGONG DC 2500 or emailed to

Council will hold a community information drop-in session at Helensburgh Community Centre on Tuesday 28 August 2012 from 4pm to 8pm.

For more information you can visit Council’s website or you can call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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