PLAN APPROVED FOR THE REMEDIATION OF FORMER SMELTER SITE

Plans to remediate the former hydro aluminium smelter site at Kurri Kurri and build a new commercial and industrial precinct have been given the greenlight by the state government.

80 hectares will be transformed into a containment cell for contaminated material, while 2000 hectares will be redeveloped in a move which could create thousands of jobs.

The smelter was demolished, with the stacks coming down back in 2019.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said up to half of the land would be maintained for “environmental conservation.”

“Its proximity to the Hunter Expressway makes it ideal for a new commercial and industrial precinct and we look forward to working with the landowner and councils to develop a masterplan for the site,” he said.

“This is an area with great potential, especially considering the Government recently declared Snowy Hydro’s plans for a new $610 million gas fired power station as critical state significant infrastructure.”