Biodiversity certification Kurri Kurri: Consultation

Application has been made for biodiversity certification of land at, and surrounding, the former Hydro Aluminum smelter site, Kurri Kurri. It includes assessment of impacts on biodiversity of future development resulting from rezoning the land. The application is closed for public comment.

Biodiversity certification addresses the potential effects of land use change on biodiversity during the early planning stage. The certification process identifies areas that can be developed after they are certified and measures to offset the impacts of development.

This application relates to a Planning Proposal to rezone approximately 329 hectares of land at Bowditch and Hart Road Loxford, Cessnock Road Cliftleigh and Bowditch Avenue Loxford. The site is currently zoned RU2 Rural Landscape and E2 Environmental Conservation under the Cessnock Local Environment Plan 2011. It is proposed to rezone the land IN3 Heavy Industrial, IN1 General Industrial, B1 Neighborhood Centre, B5 Business Development, R2 Low Density Residential, RE1 Public Recreation, SP2 Special Purpose Infrastructure and E2 Environmental Conservation.

As part of the biodiversity certification process, the applicant made the application available and invited the public to make submissions on the application.

The Biodiversity Certification Assessment Report (PDF 23MB) and Biodiversity certification application (PDF 684KB) for land at, and surrounding, the former Hydro Aluminum smelter site at Kurri Kurri were available for public consultation, but the consultation has closed. 

The applicant must now provide a report to the Department of Planning and Environment that includes the applicant’s response to any submissions from the public.