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The project details

The North Tuncurry Urban Release Area is located on the eastern side of The Lakes Way, north of the Tuncurry Campus of the Great Lakes College.

The North Tuncurry Urban Release contains 615 hectares of Crown Land that has now been rezoned to deliver new homes, jobs, services, conservation and recreation land. The Minister for Planning approved the rezoning of the land in March 2023 by amending the Great Lakes Local Environmental Plan 2014.

The rezoning is the first step in Landcom’s vision to deliver new homes, jobs, services, conservation land, and open space close to the growing Tuncurry-Forster urban area.

LandCom is the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation.

Details on the project can be found on the Department’s website, along with information about how community and agency submissions were considered. Further information is also available on Landcom’s website.

The rezoning will allow for a development that is envisaged to include:

    • More than 2,100 dwellings to accommodate up to 4,500 residents in a mix of low rise homes centred around a new local centre, golf course and open space
    • Approximately 13 hectares of employment land for industrial and business development to generate 126 full-time jobs on the site and more than 2,100 on-site jobs during construction
    • 327 hectares of land to be managed for biodiversity conservation (60% of the site)
    • Public access connections to Nine Mile Beach
    • New active transport connections linking with the Tuncurry town centre via new and improved walkways and cycling links
    • Improved transport options:
      • all collector roads will be capable of accommodating standard buses
      • a network of cycling and pedestrian paths within the site and connecting to key destinations
      • street and footpath layout to encourage pedestrian activity
    • Nine parks providing 6.1 hectares of new open space
    • Reconfiguration of the existing golf course
    • A new town centre, golf clubhouse, community centre, cultural centre, mobile surf club and public gathering places.

Please note that the NSW Department of Planning and Environment was the planning authority for this application, not MidCoast Council. This meant all submissions were considered by the Department of Planning and Environment during their assessment of the proposal.

Location of proposed development

Aerial map of proposed North Tuncurry Urban Release Area

The map has been created by Council. The red outline illustrates the entire North Tuncurry Urban Release Area, with key sites identified for context.

Aerial imagery of the site has been overlaid with the North Tuncurry Masterplan, to illustrate the proposed areas of development and conservation within the Urban Release Area.

The map does not form part of the exhibition material.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    On public exhibition

    2 May 2022 – 17 June 2022

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    State considers feedback

    June 2022 – February 2023

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Rezoning finalised

    March 2023

Project contact information

If you have questions or want to learn more about a project, please contact Department of Planning and Environment below:

Name Department of Planning and Environment
Phone (02) 4904 2700
In writing

PO Box 1226


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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