Cockle Creek Precinct

Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) owns the land formerly occupied by the Cockle Creek lead and zinc smelter at Boolaroo near Lake Macquarie.

A new direction to enable growth

In August 2019, Parliament supported legislation to transfer lands into Government ownership. This action guarantees the ongoing environmental management of the site into perpetuity and will help unlock economic and community outcomes for the region.

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

We will work with Government’s Waste Assets Management Corporation (WAMC), which will manage the environmental requirements with regulatory oversight from the NSW Environment Protection Authority.


Cockle Creek Precinct

*See detailed precinct map below

Greater Newcastle Metro Plan

New opportunities for jobs,
housing and economic benefit

As the land owners, we will work closely with interested and future stakeholders to realise the economic and social opportunities for the area.

This includes working with stakeholders such as Costco, IKEA and Green Capital Group to establish their interest and intentions. We will also work very closely with Lake Macquarie City Council as a key stakeholder that plays an active role in the precinct’s revitalisation.


The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan identifies the site as part of the strategic gateway to Greater Newcastle.

The Munibung Precinct is earmarked for urban renewal through increased housing density and mixed use including large format retail and office uses.

The Metro Plan has targets for 1800 new jobs and 3700 new dwellings by 2036.

Managing the 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.

Future land sale proceeds will be used to establish Containment Cell Perpetual Care Fund 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.

  • Click here to view enlarged map - PDF
Cockle Creek Precinct

Factsheets and resources:

  • Cockle Creek Precinct Factsheet - PDF
  • Perpetual Care of Land Legislation - PDF
  • Download Map - PDF

For more information, please contact HCCDC: