Industry Update June 2021


Planning Monthly Update 

Employment Zones Reform
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is currently exhibiting a proposal for a new employment zones framework. The reforms will replace the existing Business (B) and Industrial (IN) zones with five new employment zones and three supporting zones under the Standard Instrument Principal Local Environmental Plan (SI LEP). Five new employment zones are proposed:

  • E1 Local Centre
  • E2 Commercial Centre
  • E3 Productivity Support
  • E4 General Industrial
  • E5 Heavy Industrial

The Local Centre and Commercial Centre zones represent zoning for centres; the General Industrial and Heavy Industrial are the key industrial zones; and Productivity Support provides a transition between the centres and industrial zones.

To accommodate land uses in existing B or IN zones that are not primarily productivity related, two further zones are proposed:

  • MU Mixed Use
  • W4 Working Foreshore

The MU Mixed Use zone is generally used where a range of land uses are to be encouraged.

The reform also proposes new land use definitions as follows:

  • Circular economy facility: A land use that provides for a facility that allows for the collection, repair, refurbishment, dismantling, sharing and redistribution of goods found commonly in households.
  • Creative industries: A land use that will capture occupations that commonly identify as creative including traditional and digital media, fine arts and craft, design and creative products.
  • Data centre: A land use that provides for a building used for the collection, storage, process and distribution of electronic data.

The reform does not seek to up zone land as it remains the prerogative of councils to set development standards and controls for height and density.

The reforms are on exhibition until 30 June 2021.

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

Construction Monthly Update 

NSW Government 2021-22 Budget
On Tuesday 22nd June, the NSW Government released their 2021-22 NSW Budget. The budget includes $108.5 billion committed to infrastructure over the next four years. Included in the infrastructure investment by the NSW Government,

  • $71.5 billion will go towards delivering road and rail projects,
  • $8.5 billion has been dedicated to delivering schools and educational facilities, and
  • $10.8 billion was appointed to hospitals and health facilities.

Additional $60 million for the NSW’s Mount Ousley Interchange
In last month’s article we mentioned the Mount Ousley Interchange. This month we are pleased to see that the NSW’s Mount Ousley Interchange project has now received an additional $6.3 million in funding from the NSW Government in their 2021-22 Budget. This is a follow on from last month’s Federal Government 2021-22 Budget release where the Federal Government announced $240 million in funding for the project. The interchange will replace the existing intersection of the Princes Motorway and Mount Ousley Road and is set to start in 2023. We are excited to see the benefits that will come off the back of this and with our strong local presence have the resources available to support our clients and their projects.

NSW’s Nowra Bridge
Another interesting update this month was the $342 million Nowra Bridge project that has now launched its first bridge deck segment earlier this month. This is one of 19 bridge deck segments for this project, which when completed will be around 360 metres long. The project started works in mid-2020 and is expected to be completed in mid-2024. It will deliver a four-land bridge over the Shoalhaven River, upgraded intersections and additional lanes on the Princes Highway, which will improve traffic flow and ease congestion on the Princes Highway near the Nowra and Bomaderry area.

Orion’s Construction Team 2020-21 Year in Review
Finally as we come to the close of another financial year we thought it would be good to share some of the statistics of what we have achieved over the last financial year. Firstly our team has grown from 9 team members to 15 servicing the South Coast to Hunter Region areas. We’ve provided services including Construction Cost Estimating, Constructability Reviews, Construction Staging, Remediation Strategies, Utilities Management/Staging, Tender Management, Superintendency and Project Verification. With our projects over the past year we have assisted our clients in the delivery of over 800 lots and 21,780 lin.m of road. We’ve also assisted in the delivery of bridges, pump stations and riparian corridors. 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.

For information on how we can assist with the delivery of any urban or infrastructure development works that you may have both in the Illawarra, Hunter or the Western Sydney Region, please contact our Construction Manager, Edmund Tsang on 0418 758 184 or at

Project Management Monthly Update

Housing Supply Boost for NSW

The Department of Planning announced the earmarking of 18,000 new homes for immediate zoning in Sydney’s south-west as the NSW Government drives further commitments to combat the much-needed housing supply. The upcoming zoning of Sydney’s south west, in particular Glenfield Precinct, Lowes Creek Maryland, Leppington 2 and 5, and Wilton Town Centre Precinct is greatly welcomed, with developers already underway to progress Development Applications upon the announcement of the greenfield housing commitments.
Per the announcement, the upcoming zoning in the south west is expected to yield new homes and amenities indicated below:

Glenfield Precinct

  • Approximately 7,000 dwellings;
  • Up to six new playing fields;
  • 30ha of additional accessible open space; and
  • Approx. 50ha of land retained for Hurlstone Agricultural High School’s agricultural needs.

Lowes Creek Maryland

  • Approximately 7,000 new dwellings;
  • 60ha of open space, including 21 parks and public open spaces and six new playing fields; and
  • A combined primary and high school.

Leppington 2 and 5

  • Up to 2,400 new dwellings including:
    • 1,900 dwellings in Stage 2; and
    • 500 dwellings in Stage 5.
  • 8.32ha of local open space;
  • 2.96ha identified for a school site;
  • 23.18ha land zoned for other infrastructure purposes; and
  • A 7.6ha, $4m park.

Wilton Town Centre Precinct

  • 1600 dwellings;
  • 17 hectares of employment land that could support approximately 4,700 jobs; and
  • 39 hectares of environmental conservation land.

DPIE Updated Guidance to Councils Considering Flooding in Land Use

In building further resilience in communities located on floodplains and reduce the extent of property damage and potential loss of life due to severe flood events, The Department has now finalised the flood-prone land package, which provides advice to councils on considering flooding in land-use planning.
The updated guidance will:

  • support better management of flood risk beyond the 1% annual exceedance probability,
  • ensure best management practices in managing and mitigating severe to extreme flood events, and
  • build greater resilience into communities in floodplains and reduce potential property damage and loss of life in recognition of increasing extreme flood events throughout NSW.

The finalised package will commence on 14 July 2021, at which point Councils are required to amend their land-use planning documents before the changes commence.
If your future proposed development is currently flood prone, or in proximity of a flood prone area, there may be some benefit in discussing any potential impacts to your development with your project manager.

Further information on the package of materials and guidance can be found here.

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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