Industry Update February 2021

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS

Planning Monthly Update 

Aerotropolis Precinct Plans
Towards the end of 2020 the NSW Government extended the exhibition period for the Precinct Plans for the Aerotropolis and the Draft Special Infrastructure Contribution Plan. The Precinct Plans are the next step following rezoning of the first precincts on 1 October 2020. Under provisions in State Environmental Planning Policy (Western Sydney Aerotropolis) 2020 development must be consistent with the Precinct Plans so now is the opportunity to shape the planning framework for future development. Submissions close on 12th March 2021.

Housekeeping Amendment to Codes SEPP
A range of amendments have been made to the Codes SEPP on 29 January 2021.  The changes affect the General Exempt Development, Low Rise Housing Diversity and Commercial and Industrial (New Buildings and Additions) Codes. It is important to review the Codes SEPP to ensure exempt and complying development meets the current provisions rather than relying on checklists that can become outdated and obsolete.

Contributions Plans
The revised Contributions Plan No 15 – Box Hill has now been adopted by The Hills Council. We understand the Vineyard Contributions Plan is now imminent having completed exhibition on 16 November 2020.

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 

Remanufacture NSW Program
Earlier this year, the Federal and NSW Government opened a $35 million-dollar grant round for recycling company investment in the state’s waste industry. The program Remanufacture NSW will offer funding opportunities to support the NSW resource recovery sectors response to the changes brought about by the decision to ban the export of unbeneficiated waste plastic, paper, glass, and tyres. The grant will include co-funding the establishment of new recycling infrastructure and equipment to increase the use of recyclable and recycled materials in civil construction. The program will close 3pm, Friday 26 March 2021.

Sydney Science Park Sustainability Partnership
On the 17th of December, the NSW Government released details of the partnership between Sydney Water and Celestino to deliver an extra 2.4 million litres of recycled water a day to Western Sydney. This is a part of the $5 billion-dollar new Sydney Science Park project that will service up to 20,000 people with recycled water from mid-2022. Delivered by Celestino, Sydney Science Park is expected to become an internationally recognised epicentre for research, development, education, commercialisation, and innovation in the heart of Western Sydney. Further details can be found in the NSW Government’s media release.

For information on how we can assist with the delivery of any infrastructure or residential projects that you may have, including providing superintendency services for upgrading or installing new STPs, please contact our Construction Manager, Edmund Tsang on 0418 758 184 or at edmund.tsang@orionconsulting.com.au.

Project Management Monthly Update 

2020 Population Insights by the Department of Planning, Industry and EnvironmentAccording to the 2020 report, NSW’s population has continued to grow despite the ongoing pandemic and the significant reduction in immigration. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes has highlighted that a sudden drop in immigration does not necessarily correlate to a similar drop in housing demand and on the contrary, NSW developments still need to catch up to the pre-existing shortage in housing supply. The Department delivers official NSW population projections twice every five-year census cycle with the next update due in early 2022.

NSW Continues to Lead Investment in Infrastructure
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia has released its 2020-2021 Australian Infrastructure Budget Monitor, projecting a record $225 billion to be spent on infrastructure nationally. NSW remains the biggest investor with approximately $84 billion to be spent on infrastructure, most of which is linked to the transport sector including the Sydney Metro projects, motorway upgrades and regional road developments. This is positive news and signals NSW’s intent to remain committed to deliver on long term projects even with the fiscal pressures introduced by the current economic climate. The full report can be read here.

South Erskine Park Zone Substation Commences Construction
Endeavour has announced the start of construction to its $26.6 million South Erskine Park Zone Substation to power the $3 billion Oakdale Industrial Estate at Kemps Creek. This is a key piece of infrastructure to the Oakdale Industrial Estate, the greater Aerotropolis SEPP area and the $2.6 billion Mamre Road Precinct. The industrial area is is expected to create 2,000 new jobs during the construction phase and a further 200,000 jobs over the next 20 years. Further reading can be found here.

To discuss any of the above further please contact our Senior Project Manager – Joshua Pineda  on 0474 444 702 or at joshua.pineda@orionconsulting.com.au.

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