The 18-hectare property is the site of the now closed Corrimal Coke Works. The property is directly adjacent to Corrimal Train Station and has been owned by the Illawarra Coke Company and its predecessors since before 1911. The Corrimal Coke Works closed in 2014 after more than 100 years of metallurgical coke production at Corrimal. During that time, the town of Corrimal has grown up around the old coke works.
Since the closure of the coke works in 2014, the Illawarra Coke Company has been considering the future of the property. As industrial uses of the land have been assessed as no longer being viable, investigations have been underway to determine the suitability of the land for housing.As part of this process, the Illawarra Coke Company has engaged expert consultants to help better understand the opportunities and constraints of the property. Concept planning has identified the potential for a mix of single and multi-unit dwellings through to residential flat buildings under an R3 Medium Density Residential rezoning. The R3 zoning is proposed for approximately 11 ha of housing in the north-east of the property, with approximately 7 ha of the property to be rezoned to RE1 Public Recreation in the west and south of the property.
Rezoning this land will ensure a viable and sustainable mix of residential development. It will also be able to accommodate small-scale neighbourhood and commuter services such as neighbourhood shops and childcare, ultimately transforming an underutilised property into a vibrant and activated part of the community.
Under the Wollongong City Council’s Corrimal Town Centre Plan 2015-2025 and Implementation Plan, the former Corrimal Coke Works property was nominated as a key property to support reshaping the town centre.The Town Centre Plan and Implementation Plan stated: “Residential development may be suitable, where it offers housing diversity and improved connectivity”. R3 Medium Density Residential zoning would be a logical extension of the same zoning to the north, north-east and east of the property, and would enable the property to deliver apartments, semi-detached housing and some single dwellings at an affordable price while delivering a high quality urban environment adjacent to recreation space and facilities.
To rezone the property, a Planning Proposal must go through the Gateway Process. This is a five-step process that commences with a review by Wollongong City Council, and includes the consideration of feedback provided through community consultation. Approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment is required before the land can be rezoned. The Planning Proposal will go on public exhibition for a set period of time, and anyone will be able to make a submission concerning the proposal via the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.
ICC has undertaken extensive investigations to assess the suitability of the property for housing. These include:
- Testing for any contamination of the property and preparation of a Remediation Action Plan to ensure that the property can be made suitable for residential and recreational purposes.
- Traffic and transport investigations to ensure efficient movement, and to help public-transit facilities attract greater patronage.
- Investigations into flood risk for the property and its neighbours. The proposed creek realignment will render the property flood free while also greatly improving the ecology of the creek’s riparian zone. This realignment will also improve flooding issues in the local area and resolve most drainage and flooding for neighbours.
- Heritage assessment of the property to determine the significance of existing structures on the property and to investigate other heritage aspects of the site.
- Investigations into development constraints such as bushfire risk and biodiversity, and soil studies to ensure that planning for the property takes into account these important considerations. The development footprint has been designed to minimise impact to significant biodiversity communities and protect these areas where practical.
- Urban design studies to provide a desirable and market responsive mix of residential development. These studies included consideration of employment opportunities and provision of social infrastructure to support increased density.
- Investigations into the use of the land for industrial purposes. This work showed that industrial use of the land is no longer viable.
The proposed rezoning and redevelopment of the former Corrimal Coke Works property will provide a viable and sustainable mix of residential development, and has the potential to benefit the community in the following ways:
- Adjacent to Corrimal Train Station, the proposed development represents an opportunity to enliven and activate the area around the train station to make public-transit attractive to residents and to the broader community.
- The proposed redevelopment will significantly improve the access between the Corrimal Town Centre and the railway station, community and recreation facilities.
- A diversity of housing will be offered at the property which will respond to housing demand and demographics.
New jobs and businesses
- Redevelopment of the property will include neighbourhood shops, childcare and other local services such as cafes, as well as work from home opportunities which will deliver more than twice the 25 fulltime jobs that the Coke Works property previously supported. The development will offer neighbourhood and commuter services, but at a scale that does not detract from the Corrimal Town Centre.
Increasing the greenlink network, improving recreational resources
- As part of the proposal, approximately 7 hectares or 39% of the property surrounding the creek to the west and south of the property would be rezoned and dedicated to public recreation. This would provide new parkland, open space and pedestrian and cycle paths. The proposed green space will deliver a recreational resource for residents and the wider community.
- A “green link” community access path network is proposed that would link Corrimal Beach, the Coke Works property to Robert Ziems Park and associated community facilities, and to the town centre. This will increase connectivity between the property and these community assets and provide new recreational opportunities for residents and the wider community.
Assist in resolving neighbours’ flooding and drainage issues
- The proposal involves realignment of the degraded North Corrimal Creek, which no longer follows its original course. The realignment will substantially alleviate or resolve the flooding and drainage issues that currently affect residents of Cross Street and part of Railway Street.
Improvements to traffic flow in the area
- ICC has commissioned a traffic study which shows that proposed upgrades to the intersection of Railway Street and Memorial Drive would significantly reduce the average delay times in the PM peak from 203.5 seconds (current situation) to 69 seconds (after including traffic generated by the proposed development).
Celebration of the industrial heritage of the property
- The Coke Works’ history will be recognised and celebrated by retaining heritage elements in a public plaza, supplemented by a heritage interpretation plan. ICC will also attempt to retain the historic brick chimney adjacent to the railway line.
ICC has commissioned a traffic study which shows that proposed upgrades to the intersection of Railway Street and Memorial Drive would significantly reduce the average delay times in the PM peak from 203.5 seconds (current situation) to 69 seconds (after including traffic generated by the proposed development).
We are committed to ensuring the local community is kept updated throughout the planning process. During the public exhibition period, ICC will continue to actively consult with the community, updating this website, responding to questions and through holding information sessions in the local area.