Southlands Development Project Overview
Following an extensive planning and assessment phase, Orica received project approval for the Southlands Development Project in April 2012.
In May 2014 site establishment works commenced. Stage 1 was sold to Goodman in September 2014 and was handed over to Goodman in May 2015.
Subdivision approval was granted by the Department of Planning in August 2013 for 3.7 hectares of land on Stage 2 of the Southlands property. In 2016 Stage 2 was sold and the project was completed.
Works at the site were conducted in accordance with the comprehensive Conditions of Approval and overseen by a Principal Certifying Authority and the EPA-accredited site auditor.
What was Southlands?
Southlands was an approximately 18 hectare site situated directly south-west of the Botany Industrial Park. It fronted McPherson Street, Banksmeadow. The site sat entirely within what was the Botany Bay Local Government Area. It was zoned IN1 (general industrial), and located approximately one kilometre away from the Port of Botany and 500 metres north of the northern shores of Botany Bay.
Springvale Drain runs through the site adjacent to an unformed road - Nant Street. With the exception of groundwater extraction wells, monitoring wells and associated pipe work, the site had not been built on prior to this project.
The site was subdivided into 12 new lots with the western six lots purchased by Goodman and developed for high quality industrial and warehouse purposes (Stage 1). The project approval included the creation of Lots 7, 8 and 12 on the eastern side of the site (Stage 2). Orica has subsequently sold these lots and any future industrial use will require a separate development application.
A large portion of the eastern side of the site (Lot 9) remains as open space providing compensatory flood storage benefiting the local area. The compensatory flood storage area has been landscaped in accordance with a plan developed with community input and approved by the then Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DP&I) and the then City of Botany Bay Council (now Bayside Council).
The project has been conducted in accordance with the detailed DP&I project approval conditions.
Orica continues to hold approximately five hectares of the site for infrastructure for the ongoing Botany Groundwater Cleanup Project.
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