The site contains a number of Aboriginal and European heritage items. We are working closely with Lake Macquarie City Council and Heritage NSW to determine the heritage assessment requirements for the project.
The Awabakal people are the traditional custodians of the land surrounding Lake Macquarie. Consultation with the Aboriginal community has identified a number of Aboriginal heritage relics on the site.
An Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment has been prepared, which investigates how significant the relics are and how to manage them.
We are working with the Aboriginal community to investigate cultural values and opportunities to celebrate the history of the area.
The site was previously used for coal mining, similar to large parts of the Hunter region, before the mining leaseholder, Glencore, ceased operations in 2015.
Early investigations have identified relics on site, which are mostly associated with the site’s previous use for coal mining. Where possible, the masterplan avoids these areas.
A historical heritage assessment has been prepared as part of the revised planning proposal, which outlines the significance of heritage relics and how to manage them.