Industry Update – October 2020


Planning Monthly Update 

Planning System Acceleration Program
The NSW Government has now determined all projects with in Tranche Six of the Planning System Acceleration Program including rezoning land at Jordan Springs (Lendlease) and Appin (Walker). We don’t anticipate a Tranche 7 at this stage however we’ll keep you informed if and when it is announced.

Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport
The EIS for the new railway and six stations is now on exhibition. Industry commentary to date has been focused on the need to increase the number of stations to appropriately service the future urban development of the aerotropolis.

Camden Local Housing Strategy
Camden are exhibiting their Local Housing Strategy. Submissions close on 26 November 2020. The Strategy sets the plan for housing in the Camden Local Government Area over the next 10 and 20 years. We recently reviewed and prepared a submission for the Hawkesbury LHS for one of our clients – if you’d like us to do the same for you in Camden please get in touch.

Further Changes to the Koala SEPP
The SEPP was amended on 16 October 2020 with the most significant change being a change to the definition of core koala habitat and the removal of the ‘pink’ Development Application Map meaning a koala assessment report will again be required for some development applications. The amendments also make clear that the SEPP does not apply to biodiversity certified land which will be good news for our clients with sites in the Growth Areas where recently at least one Council was insisting that koala assessment reports accompany DA’s. The SEPP Guidelines are now also in force.

What’s Coming Up
With the end of the year fast approaching we’re expecting to see further progress for planning over the next eight weeks as it continues to be prioritised as a key platform to stimulate the economy. Here’s the key initiatives on our radar that you may also want to watch out for:

  • The exhibition of Draft Precinct Plans, SIC, contributions plans for the initial precincts within the Aerotropolis
  • The exhibition of the Draft Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036 and Draft SIC
  • The outcome of the NSW Productivity Commissioner’s review into the NSW infrastructure contributions system
  • An upgrade to the LEP Tracker website
  • Further backlog clearing with the determination of 42 Planning Proposals that have been in the system for 4years + and 150 DA’s for regional development by the DPIE Regions Team
  • The outcome of the first interventions into development applications by DPIE’s Planning Delivery Unit
  • Adoption of the Vineyard Precinct Section 7.11 Contributions Plan

To discuss further please contact Nathan Croft, Manager Planning & Development Strategy on 0419 845 089 or at

Construction Monthly Update 

Federal Budget: NSW Transport Infrastructure
The 2020-21 Federal Budget was released on the 6th of October and included significant funding for Australia’s infrastructure industry, in particular the transport infrastructure. Out of the $7.5 billion investment allocated for transport infrastructure around Australia, $2.7 billion has been allocated for NSW. This includes the allocation of $560 million towards the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway, $360 million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond, $120 million for the Prospect Highway Upgrade, and $491 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass (bringing the total federal contribution for CHB to $1.5 billion). This will allow the creation of 8,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state.

Western Sydney International Airport Update
With Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport’s passenger terminal construction set to begin by the end of 2021, three contractors have so far been shortlisted for the works with the winning contractor set to be appointed in mid-2021. The shortlisted contractors are Lendlease CPB Joint Venture, Multiplex Constructions, and Watpac Construction. The design of the passenger terminal is still ongoing and is said will be finalised once the winning contractor has been appointed. The first stage of Western Sydney International is on track to open in 2026 and will cater for up to ten million passengers per year.

Sydney Metro’s new Crows Nest Station
NSW Government has awarded AW Edwards a $370 million contract to build Sydney Metro’s new Crows Nest Station. So far Crows Nest Station has already been excavated to a final depth of 25 metres by Sydney Metro’s tunnelling contractor, with AW Edwards undertaking the construction of the station itself starting January 2021 with completion due for 2023. This station will be one of six new metro stations being built on the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, and will feature travelling times of four, five and seven minutes to Chatswood, Barangaroo, and Martin Place, respectively.

For more 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

Project Management Monthly Update 

Contributions Plan no 15 – Box Hill
IPARTs final review of the revised contribution plan has now been released. If approved by the Minister and adopted by Council the new plan will see contributions drop from around $51,000 to $48,000.

Draft Wianamatta South Creek Flood Study
Liverpool City Council has put on exhibition the Draft Wianamatta South Creek Flood Study. The flood study assesses flood impacts to the south of Elizabeth Drive but also covers several areas within the Austral Growth Precinct. Submissions are open until the 30th of November. Orion can assist in reviewing potential changes that the study presents for your property.

Draft Amendments to The Hills DCP – Castle Hill North Precinct
The Hills Shire Council has put on exhibition the Draft Amendments to The Hills DCP 2012 – Castle Hill North Precinct. The proposed amendments focus on parking rates, road works and widening and some heritage controls. Submissions are open until November 9th.

Penrith City Council – Draft Aerotropolis Development Contribution Plans
Penrith City Council presented a draft local contribution plan for the greater Western Sydney Aerotropolis Precinct in their ordinary meeting on 21st October 2020 which was audio streamed on the 26th October 2020. The draft plan has been prepared in conjunction with Liverpool City Council and proposes a 6.5% contribution levy on all development over $200,000.

To discuss further please contact our Manager – Projects, James Green on 0439 867 679 or at

Orion Consulting News 

Orion Consulting’s new Senior Project Engineer, Joshua Hoh
With the increase in Infrastructure expenditure, Orion Consulting’s Construction Consulting Team is also continuing to grow with the addition of our new Senior Project Engineer, Joshua Hoh, Josh’s start brings the  Construction team up to 12. Joshua is a driven construction professional with vast experience in the delivery of major projects within the roads sector. He has extensive experience in project planning, construction phase works and delivering multi-million-dollar projects in NSW. Joshua has joined us in our Sydney Office, and we look forward to Josh applying the same skills and tenacity to the Superintendency and Independent Verification Services we provide as part of our business.

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