Cockle Creek precinct

HCCDC owns the land formerly occupied by the Cockle Creek lead and zinc smelter at Boolaroo in Lake Macquarie. We are committed to supporting economic growth in the region through our role in managing the divestment of land to enable the precinct to prosper with new opportunities for housing and employment.

Selling via Expressions of Interest

HCCDC has called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from prospective purchasers and developers for two light industrial lots located in the emerging Cockle Creek precinct in Boolaroo.  

Light industrial lots
Expressions of Interest now closed

Lots 2001 and 2002
141 Munibung Road, Boolaroo


In February 2022, HCCDC called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from prospective purchasers and developers for the sale of two light industrial lots in the emerging Cockle Creek precinct.

The lots are conveniently located on Munibung Road, between the Cardiff industrial estate and Bunnings Warehouse. They provide an excellent opportunity to expand on the existing industrial area, with easy access to T C Frith Avenue to the south and Cockle Creek train station to the west.  

The Cockle Creek precinct also features the new Costco warehouse and fuel station, along with 54ha of residential land which will soon provide for up to 500 new residences. 

HCCDC is seeking site uses that bring employment opportunities to the precinct, and embrace new technology or deliver innovation. 

Expressions of interest are now closed and we are evaluating proposals.

This site is identified as 141 Munibung Road, Boolaroo, proposed Lots 2001 (2.06Ha) and 2002 (4.155ha) DP 1270101. They both have frontage to Munibung Road and are bounded by the Great Northern Railway at the rear.  

The lots are zoned IN2 (Light Industrial) under the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014. This zoning is complimentary to the adjoining Cardiff Industrial precinct.  

The site is currently registered under one title. A subdivision plan has been prepared to create two separate parcels of land and we anticipate this will be registered in early 2022. 

Proposals could be for either one or both lots. 

View lots on precinct map

HCCDC is seeking suitable purchasers or developers who can outline their vision for the land in line with our site objectives, including to maximise employment opportunities and seek new technology and uses which support Government’s Net Zero Plan.    

Colliers International are managing the sales process and can provide more information on the site and EOI process.  

EOI submissions closed on 28 February 2022. 

All EOI enquiries should be directed to Colliers International via either:

  • Trent Robertson - 0401 717 795
  • Peter Macadam - 0402 074 159

Additional information:

Q: What does ‘light industrial’ mean? 

A. Light Industrial zoning allows for a wide range of light industrial, warehouse and related land uses. 

Uses permitted with consent include light industries, depots, garden centres, hardware and building supplies, industrial training facilities, neighbourhood shops, takeaway food premises and warehouses. More information on the planning controls applicable to the site can be found on Lake Macquarie City Council’s webpage 

HCCDC is preferring uses that embrace new technology and innovation or which support the Government’s Net Zero Plan


Q: Who is selling the light industrial Lots?  

A.  HCCDC is the owner of the land and we have engaged Colliers International to assist with the expression of interest process. 


Q.  Why is HCCDC selling this land?  

A.  The Cockle Creek site was previously occupied by the former Pasminco Cockle Creek Smelter. The NSW Parliament passed legislation in 2019 to transfer the lands into Government ownership. HCCDC is responsible for facilitating the development of the precinct to deliver industrial, commercial, and residential development in Lake Macquarie.  


Q.  Are any other lots within the Cockle Creek precinct being divested?  

A.  The Cockle Creek precinct includes a final 12 ha of land for future divestment. This site is zoned Mixed Use and is located on the corner of Main Road and Munibung Road, next to the new Costco warehouse. 


Q. How long will the EOI process take and what are the next steps?  

A.  The EOI closed on 28 February 2022. Proposals will be evaluated with settlement expected to follow in the second half of 2022. 

New opportunities for jobs, housing and economic benefit

A new direction to enable growth

In August 2019, Parliament supported legislation to transfer lands into Government ownership.

This action ensures the ongoing environmental management of the site in perpetuity and has helped unlock economic and community outcomes for the region. 

HCCDC’s role is to manage the divestment of the land and its future use as a commercial, light industrial and housing centre in the region. 

We are working with Government’s Waste Assets Management Corporation (WAMC), who are managing the environmental requirements of the land with regulatory oversight from the NSW Environment Protection Authority. 

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Costco and Green Capital

In July 2020, the NSW Government announced two deals to bring Costco Wholesale Australia and Green Capital Group to the Cockle Creek precinct in Lake Macquarie. 

This development saw Costco bring its first NSW regional operation to the Boolaroo site, with the warehouse opening in September 2021. In addition, Green Capital Group has now settled 55 ha for residential development to enable up to 500 new homes, providing a boost to people looking to live and work in Lake Macquarie. 

These developments are set to inject approximately $300 million into the economy and create an estimated 225 permanent jobs.

Proceeds from these deals with Costco and Green Capital will fund Government’s ongoing management of the environmental lands in the Cockle Creek precinct in perpetuity.

Lake Macquarie City Council delivered an extension of Munibung Road in July 2020 connecting Boolaroo to Cardiff to facilitate these developments. 

Local connections

Cressy Road has been named in memory of former Boolaroo resident and WWI Private Henry Alfred 'Harry' Cressy, honouring the crucial role that so many from the region played in serving their country.

Cockle Creek's Cressy Road is a vital link to the new Costco warehouse.

The road has been named in tribute, celebrating the contribution of Harry who lived nearby on Creek Road and worked as a train driver at the Pasminco smelter before enlisting with his brother Edward in the Australian Imperial Force and tragically losing his life at the Battle of Fromelles.

Harry's relatives joined us to mark the start of works on Cressy Road, remembering the crucial role that so many from the region have played in serving their country.

Read more about Harry's story in this Hunter Lifestyle article.

Cressy Road works

Managing environmental needs into the future

The site includes a large containment cell, covering 20 hectares, which has been created to contain the contaminated materials in accordance with EPA requirements.

The containment cell and a water treatment plant require regular monitoring and maintenance. Other environmental protection areas, such as Munibung Hill, need general maintenance, including controlling vegetation.

Perpetual Care Fund has been established to go towards the cost of managing the land, including the monitoring, maintenance and repair of the containment cell and other environmental protection infrastructure for the long term. Land sale proceeds will be deposited into the Containment Cell Perpetual Care Fund.

Cockle Creek Precinct