Industry Update May 2021


Planning Monthly Update 

Environmental Planning Instrument Mapping
The NSW Government has recently moved all SEPP and LEP maps from the NSW Legislation website to the NSW Planning Portal. Redirections are currently in place on the Legislation website however the direct link to the maps can now be found here. The written instrument remains on the Legislation website. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind our valued clients that the instrument maps should be reviewed in preference to the ePlanning Spatial Viewer which includes a significant disclaimer that “the Department does not warrant or represent the information is free from error or omission” among other terms and conditions.

Draft Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy
Exhibition of the Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) has now closed. Formal exhibition of the Draft SEPP will now occur later this year with the Department expecting final drafting to be completed late this year or early in 2022. We understand that the Department received substantial early feedback and a significant number of submission on the proposal and will now hold a series of workshops with industry. Given the scale of the work required moving forward we have reservations that the Department will have sufficient resources to complete this work within the current timetable. We will keep our clients informed as to the progress in future editions of this Industry Update.

Heritage Act Review
The NSW Government has announced a review of the long standing NSW Heritage Act 1977. A Discussion Paper recognises that owners, developers and administrators face uncertainty, expense, duplication and delays in relation to heritage listing and approvals. The Discussion Paper has been released posing 19 questions and a process for review is being developed ahead of a call for submissions. Our clients are reminded that the Standard Instrument LEP adopted by NSW Councils deals with heritage at Clause 5.10 and the provision include conservation incentives that allow an otherwise prohibited development (subject to further provisions) where the site involved is a heritage item.

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

Construction Monthly Update 

2021-22 Federal Budget – Transport Infrastructure for NSW:
On Tuesday 11th May, the 2021-22 Federal Budget was released. Within the Federal Budget, NSW transport infrastructure will see an additional $3.3 billion for priority road projects, increasing the Federal Government’s total contribution to $43.5 billion.
From this $3.3 billion, for the priority road projects, funding has been allocated as follows:

  • $2.03 billion for the Great Western Highway Upgrade from Katoomba to Lithgow. This will go towards the construction of the East and West Sections.
  • $400 million for Stage 1 of the Princes Highway Corridor from Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road.
  • $100 million for the Princes Highway Corridor for the Jervis Bay Road Intersection.
  • $240 million for the Mount Ousley Interchange.
  • $229.4 million for the M12 Motorway.
  • $87.5 million for M5 Motorway for the Moorebank Avenue-Hume Highway Intersection Upgrade.
  • $52.8 million for Manns Road for the Intersection Upgrades at Narara Creek Road and Stockyard Place.
  • $48 million for Pacific Highway for the Harrington Road Intersection Upgrade, Coopernook.
  • $32 million for the Toowoomba to Seymour upgrades to Hargraves Lane and Federation Street.
  • $19 million for the Far North Collect Road Network, Nowra.
  • $18 million for Appin Road.

Mount Ousley Interchange
With the further $240 million being committed by the Government in the 2021-22 Federal Budget to Mount Ousley Interchange, this should see the project move from the final stages of planning into construction. This is on top of the already announced $21 million back in November, which was used to help complete the detailed design and begin property acquisition. Although no firm costs have been released for the construction of this project, this recently announced funding could represent a significant chunk of the overall cost of the project.

For information on how we can assist with the delivery of any infrastructure development works that you may have both in the Illawarra or the Western Sydney Region. Orion Consulting has a large number of Construction Engineers who have strong Infrastructure delivery experience and are ready to assist in the delivery of your projects. Please contact our Construction Manager, Edmund Tsang on 0418 758 184 or at should you have any queries.

Project Management Monthly Update

State Government Funding Approval for Road Upgrades in The Hills Shire Council
The Hills Shire Council was recently granted NSW Government SIC funding for the design of two important road upgrades. These include Annangrove Road near the Windsor Road intersection and Terry Road at the upcoming Box Hill Shopping Centre. These two roads may receive further NSW Government funding for construction subject to costs, timing, and their available funds.
These upgrades are considered to further connect Rouse Hill Town Centre to Box Hill Town Centre through improved road networks and better public transport links.
These will not only benefit the community but also surrounding development projects as it provides critical road and drainage infrastructure. Further information can be found here.

Sydney Water Review of Recycled Water Charges
Sydney Water will soon invite submissions to its draft developers’ charges for recycled water infrastructure in the Rouse Hill and Hoxton Park areas. With public exhibition set to start on the 17th of May, Sydney Water are working closely with IPART to finalize the DSP. The new scheme is typically introduced at the commencement of new financial years.
If your project is nearing registration within these precincts, there may be some upside in discussing timing and strategy of payments with your project manager.
For further information on the public exhibition and how this can impact your project, click here.

Gentrification in NSW Impacting Industrial Market
The ongoing gentrification of Sydney and transformation of warehouses and factories into mixed use sites in areas such as White Bay, Alexandria and Mascot is now having a large impact on the industrial market. The transformation of these established areas, is forcing existing tenants to look elsewhere, creating industrial development and new job opportunities in Western Sydney. These areas are seen to be centred in the areas of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, Blacktown and Marsden Park amongst others.

To discuss any of the above in greater detail please contact our Senior Project Manager – Joshua Pineda on 0477 444 702 or at

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