Industry Update – September 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS

Planning Monthly Update 

Planning System Acceleration Program
The NSW Government has now announced Tranche Six of the Planning System Acceleration Program. All 11 projects in Tranche Five will be determined by 9 October 2020. There are a few more private sector projects on the list this month with Planning Proposals by Walker, Lendlease and Greenfields in the mix. With the attention on short term planning wins shifting to a more medium term focus we don’t anticipate a Tranche 7 at this stage however we’ll keep you informed if and when it is announced.

Aerotropolis SEPP
The Aerotropolis SEPP which rezones 6,500 hectares in four of the new employment precincts around the new Western Sydney Airport – Aerotropolis Core, Badgerys Creek, Northern Gateway and Agribusiness – was determined in Tranche Five of the Planning System Acceleration Program. The next step for the Aerotropolis is to exhibit the Precinct Plans and Draft Special Infrastructure Contributions later this year with Stage 2 DCP’s to follow.

Housing Diversity SEPP
The exhibition period for the new Housing Diversity SEPP has concluded. The SEPP will consolidate the Seniors SEPP with the two Affordable Housing SEPP’s. The SEPP will introduce new definitions of build-to-rent housing, student housing and co-living and amend the current definition of boarding houses. There is a clear focus by the NSW Government to progress build-to-rent housing in the State. The changes in the SEPP to increase the validity of Site Compatibility Certificates from 12 months to five years will be welcome. This positive is traded off against boarding houses no longer being mandated as permissible in the R2 zone and unusually the SEPP will include a provisions that Local Environmental Plans prevail when inconsistent with the SEPP.

Hawkesbury Council Strategic Planning Exhibition
Hawkesbury are exhibiting three significant policy documents. The Employment Lands and Housing Strategies are on exhibition until 12 October. Submissions to the Works in Kind Policy closes on 28 September.

Western Sydney Airport Metro
In case you missed it, the station sites for the new metro have been announced as St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham, the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Business Park and two stations at the airport – airport terminal and aerotropolis station. There are three stations in each of Penrith and Liverpool LGA’s – both Councils have been vying for ‘gateway to the airport’ status.

Changes to the Koala SEPP
Those of us watching the recent debate regarding koalas in the political spectrum may be interested to know that the SEPP has recently (and quietly) been amended to enable bushfire impacted homeowners to clear land to facilitate rebuilding and establish an asset protection zone without further consideration under the SEPP. The recently exhibited SEPP Guidelines are yet to be endorsed.

To discuss further please contact Nathan Croft, Manager Planning & Development Strategy on 0419 845 089 or at nathan.croft@orionconsulting.com.au.

Construction Monthly Update 

SSROC’s Paving the Way Initiative
With Australia’s waste export ban commencing 1 January 2021 for unprocessed glass, 16 Sydney metropolitan councils have come together under Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (SSROC) Paving the Way initiative, the largest joint local government-led procurement initiative in NSW to date, to recycle approximately one-third of the glass collected through these councils’ domestic kerbside collections per year into local roads.
A Request for Tender was released on 1 September 2020 by SSROC on behalf of the participating councils to suitably qualified companies to provide Recycled Crushed Glass (RCG) Asphalt for road construction and maintenance activities undertaken by the participating councils and facilitate the use of Recycled Crushed Glass as asphalt and road construction activities in line with the updated Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and AUS-SPEC specifications released in 2019.

NSW Government Guidelines and Grants for RCG in Road Construction
The NSW Government has released new guidelines for the use of recycled crushed glass (RCG) in asphalt. Although the use of RCG is not new in NSW, the previous RMS specifications only allowed up to 2.5% of RCP in asphalt pavements. This value has since been amended to 10% after investigations were conducted by TfNSW Pavements Unit and found no adverse impact for the 7.5% increase of RCP for asphalt basecourse applications.
Along with these new guidelines, the NSW Government has awarded more than $735,000 in grants for the use of this RCG in road construction. Fulton Hogan has been awarded $250,000 to upgrade its Eastern Creek asphalt plant and a further $236,000 grant to use recycled glass as a replacement for natural sand in asphalt on construction of the Albion Park Rail Bypass. While John Holland has also received a grant of $249,987 to develop and trial geopolymer concrete containing recycled crushed glass as a replacement for virgin sand.

Half a Billion Federal Government Funding for Major Dam Projects
The Federal Government has doubled its contribution for the Wyangala and Dungowan Dam projects in New South Wales. The Federal Government will allocate an extra $283.5 million to the two dams in the 2020/21 budget, bring the total government funding to $242 million for the Dungowan Dam and $325 million for the Wyangala Dam. This is part of the federal government’s plan to create a more secure and resilience country that will increase inland water storage by the equivalent of 1.2 Sydney Harbours.
The Wyangala Dam works will include raising the embankment and downstream rock stream rockfill to add an additional 650GL of storage and raising the spillway and intake towers of the dam by 10m. These modifications are expected to increase storage capacity by 53 per cent by creating capacity for an additional 650GL (to 1,218 GL).
The Dungowan Dam works will include the construction of a new 22.5GL Dungowan Dam on the Dungowan River, approximately 3.5km downstream of the existing Dungowan Dam. This upgrade will increase storage capacity from 6.3GL to 22.5GL and ensure 5.65GL average annual use for agriculture. The dam will act as a secure long-term water supply security for Tamworth and increase town water supply by around 7GL per annum.

For information on how we can assist with the delivery of any infrastructure or residential projects that you may have, please contact our Construction Manager, Edmund Tsang on 0418 758 184 or at edmund@orionconsulting.com.au.

Project Management Monthly Update 

Jemena Announces Plans to Extend the Eastern Gas Pipeline
Jemena has announced plans to extend the Eastern Gas Pipeline from Horsley Park to the Hunter Valley, the Eastern Gas Pipeline currently terminates near Chandos Road in Horsley Park. The announcement has been released on the Jemena website. Jemena has not provided any information on a proposed route.

$3 billion Jobs and Infrastructure Acceleration Fund
The NSW Government has announced that the Jobs and Infrastructure fund which forms part of the states COVID-19 recovery plan will be used to accelerate projects in four separate fields: heath, education, transport and roads. Projects announced as receiving additional or accelerated funding as announced are listed below:

  • Sydney Childrens Hospital Network, Randwick
  • St George Hospital Integrated Ambulatory Care Precinct, Kogorah
  • New Shellharbour Hospital
  • TAFE NSW Asset Renewal Program
  • $300 million for Schools
  • Mamre Road Stage 1 (M4 to Motorway to Erskine Park)
  • Spring Farm Parkway Stage 1
  • Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore Precinct Acceleration

To discuss further please contact our Manager – Projects, James Green on 0439 867 679 or at james.g@orionconsulting.com.au.

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