THE NSW government yesterday announced it has approved a rezoning of the former Pasminco smelter site in Lake Macquarie, providing a boost employment and housing in the area.
Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the government had approved an amendment to the Lake Macquarie local environmental plan. The amendment will create a residential zone providing for up to 200 dwellings and commercial and industrial zones.
The Pasminco Cockle Creek Sulphide and Lead smelter ceased operations in 2003 after 112 years of operation. In a statement, the government said that remediation of the land is well-advanced.
Mr Kelly said the redevelopment of the former Pasminco site, along with the adjoining Incitec Pivot sites, have significant community, economic, conservation, health and social benefits. He said the redevelopment of both site should provide for up 1,000 dwellings and 1,600 jobs.