Two weeks left to comment on Corrimal Coke Works residential rezoning proposal

The plans for the proposed residential development on the former coke works site at Corrimal

RESIDENTS have two weeks remaining to comment on a proposal for more than 500 homes to be constructed on the former Corrimal Coke Works site in Railway Street.

Feedback to Wollongong City Council on the controversial redevelopment closes on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Illawarra Coke Company Pty Ltd and Legacy Property are seeking planning approval to rezone the former Corrimal Coke Works site located at 27 Railway Street Corrimal, to enable residential development, conservation and open space.

Changes to the original plans for the site include a reduction in the height limit from six to four storeys; the number of residences reduced from 760 to 550; a mix of apartment blocks and townhouses; the buildings will no longer encroach into the 100 metre buffer zone around the flying-fox camp, and more of the industrial heritage features preserved or interpreted.

As part of this process, Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Planning Proposal, and other related documents, for the former Corrimal Coke Works site.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the Corrimal Coke Works was an important and valuable site that has received a lot of community interest since the developer had put forward the development project.

“Our goal with the Corrimal Coke Works proposal, is to ensure that our community is informed, involved and able to have a say and be listened to, at every stage of the project. This is a significant proposal, and that’s why it’s been on public exhibition for a longer period of time than required,” Cr Bradbery said.

“This draft proposal will have big implications for Corrimal, so it’s important that we get this right from the very beginning by listening to the wants and needs of our community.

“To adapt to the lockdown restrictions, we’ve used a variety of methods to share information with community, such as online information sessions, phone calls and letters. We’ve also seen just how interested our community is in this proposal, with over 1060 visits to our engagement website and counting.

“If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to join the conversation and share your thoughts on these documents with Council. I encourage everyone who is interested in the Corrimal Coke Works to review the information provided online and share your feedback while you have the chance.

“We want to give everyone a chance to share their thoughts, and if you’re having trouble accessing information, contact Council directly for support.”

The draft Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan chapter and draft Planning Agreement letter of offer will be on public exhibition until Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

The draft Planning Proposal and other documents are available on the Our Wollongong website, or you can find out more by calling Council’s Customer Service Team on (02) 4227 7111.

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A 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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