Wollongong Council to convene on housing push for Wongawilli coal mine land

The Wollongong Council is to meet next week to discuss extensive housing and community developments on Wollongong Coal’s Wongawilli mine land as part of the ambitious West Dapto Vision plans laid out in its local environment plan (LEP).

Wollongong Coal announced plans in December 2017 to sell its coal mine after significant financial troubles, having posted a $23.7 million loss in its latest half report (a report that saw the company suspended from the ASX for filing failure).

The mine had seen several controversies over the last few years; it was put into care and maintenance in 2014, and reopened in 2016. It has seen fines for environmental issues and allegations of poor treatment of staff.

Attendees of the meeting will discuss developments in the southern planning area  in Horsley, which is about 3km west of Dapto town centre and of the first places in Wollongong listed to undergo extensive development as part of the LEP.

The Council will consider a 736-home draft neighbourhood plan at the meeting, incorporating 13 hectares of mine land and part of an overall 1500 proposed houses in the area including the northern area.

The remaining housing developments (around 51 per cent) and most of the buildings planned in the report, including a sport site, community centre and primary school, are planned for the northern area of Horsley, whose further development has been deferred until a future meeting.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Wollongong City Council Chambers’ level 10 administration building on 41 Burelli Street from 6–10pm. Notes on the meeting can be found here.