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.
in 2021 Property and Development NSW sought approval to rezone Peat Island and Mooney Mooney for new land uses to revitalise this treasured location through an activated foreshore and open spaces, community facilities, new homes and job opportunities.
We consulted widely and listened to the community’s views to develop a planning proposal that aimed to recognise and protect the site’s significant Aboriginal and European heritage.
The proposal was lodged with Central Coast Council and placed on public exhibition for an extended three-month period, from 20 September to 20 December 2021, to give the community and other interested stakeholders time to review, consider and respond.
The NSW Government has carefully considered all submissions and feedback and, at this time, has decided to withdraw the planning proposal.
The Government remains committed to the revitalisation of this much-loved area and to delivering long-term economic, social and community benefits.
Negotiations for the potential transfer of Peat Island to the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council continue.
Peat Island’s Aboriginal history and institutional past
On 31 January 2022, the NSW Government and the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council announced a statement of intent to negotiate the potential transfer of ownership of Peat Island to the land council.
The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council submitted a land claim for the land, now known as Peat Island, and seeks to use it to further economic and cultural opportunities for the local Aboriginal community and all Australians.
The land council is considering the possible development of an Aboriginal Discovery Centre, Indigenous Walking Path and cultural tourism opportunities that will capture and help preserve the area’s rich Aboriginal cultural heritage in ways that will also respect Peat Island’s past institutional use.
Any proposed future development and works on Peat Island and Mooney Mooney will be subject to separate planning assessment processes which will include extensive public consultation.
Peat Island land transfer negotiations
The NSW Government and the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council continue to work together to negotiate the details of the transfer of Peat Island, including executing the required documentation and approvals.
- 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 undertook extensive technical studies, public and other stakeholder consultation and public hearings.
- In September 2021, a planning proposal to rezone Peat Island and affiliated lands at Mooney Mooney to allow a mix of public and community space, cultural tourism and residential land uses was lodged with Central Coast Council.
- The proposal was placed on public exhibition for an extended three-month period, supported by additional community information webinars and a drop-in session.
- In January 2022, the Government and the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council announced a statement of intent to negotiate the potential transfer of ownership of Peat Island to the land council
- In May 2022, the Government withdrew the planning proposal.
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, Jim Lloyd. Members have been selected with different roles and interests in the community.