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Peat Island and Mooney Mooney is a place of great significance, especially to Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities, the local community and those with links to Peat Island’s institutional past.

Property & Development NSW is seeking approval to rezone Peat Island and Mooney Mooney for new land uses to revitalise this treasured location through new housing, community facilities and job opportunities.

We have consulted widely and listened to the community’s views to develop a proposal that aims to recognise and protect the site’s significant Aboriginal and European heritage.

About the Planning Proposal

The proposal has been lodged with Central Coast Council and placed on public exhibition for an extended three-month period, from 20 September to 20 December 2021, to provide the community and other interested stakeholders time to review, consider and respond to the proposal.

During the exhibition period anyone can make a submission to Central Coast Council regarding the proposal Peat Island Planning Proposal

Details of the proposal

  • Rezoning the area from SP2 Hospital to a mix of residential, community, tourism and land uses to create jobs
  • Over 2km of public access to the Hawkesbury River foreshore and Peat Island, opening it up for the first time in 100 years
  • Short-stay tourist accommodation opportunities
  • Nearly 270 new homes at Mooney Mooney to deliver more diverse housing
  • Local retail and café/restaurant offerings
  • 9.65ha of recreation space for walking and cycling, parklands and recreational facilities
  • Retention of nine unlisted historical buildings on the island, and four on the mainland, for adaptive re-use
  • Retention of the chapel and surrounding land for community use
  • 10.4ha of bushland dedicated as a conservation area.

Sign-up for an information session or get in touch

To ensure the community has an opportunity to understand our vision and the proposal, three community information webinars will be held over the coming months. To register for a session, select a date below:

If you require assistance to register for an information session or have an enquiry about the proposal, you call 1800 749 232 (during the exhibition period) or email pdnsw_projects@property.nsw.gov.au

Next steps

  • After the Central Coast Council has considered the planning proposal and all submissions from the public exhibition period, any variations considered necessary can be made.
  • The final proposal will then be forwarded to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, where the legal instrument will be drafted to amend the Local Environmental Plan (LEP).
  • The Minister of Planning and Public Spaces is the final approval authority for the amended LEP to become law.


  • In late 2016 the NSW Government lodged a revised planning proposal with Central Coast Council.
  • In March 2017, the Council endorsed the planning proposal, which was then lodged with the former Department of Planning.
  • A gateway determination was achieved on 10 August 2017, subject to a number of conditions.
  • The NSW Government has undertaken extensive technical studies, public and other stakeholder consultation and public hearings.
  • Now these conditions have been addressed, and following consultation with Central Coast Council, the proposal has been placed on public exhibition.

Peat Island and Mooney Mooney Community Reference Group

The Community Reference Group’s role is to help guide the future use of community facilities and public spaces as part of the revitalisation of Peat Island and Mooney Mooney.

This community forum is chaired by former Federal Government Minister and Mooney Mooney resident, Mr Jim Lloyd. Members have been selected with different roles and interests in the community.

Contact us

For further information, please email us: