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Fern Bay Seaside Estate

Project Management / Planning

Client Information

Winten Property Group, Aspen Group, Rawson Communities
9 years
Fern Bay, Port Stephens LGA, NSW

Road and drainage design

Water and sewer design

Bulk earthworks

Statutory & Service Authority Approvals

Remediation management


Monteath & Powys have been involved in the Fern Bay Seaside development since inception and through its land ownership changes. We have led the design approvals and delivery of the development including exploring staging and title options and optimisation of the project yield and budget within the development constraints.

Located in the Port Stephens LGA just off Nelson Bay Road, Fern Bay Seaside is a coastal community consisting of 822 residential lots and two small commercial centres, dotted with playgrounds and recreation parks, and bordered by Worimi National Park with 4WD access to Stockton Beach. It is a community title residential subdivision approved in 2010 under Part 3A of the EP&A Act, and later converted to a NSW State Significant Development (SSD).

Key issues managed included the negotiation and management of a Voluntary Planning Agreement with the Office of Environment and Heritage and the local Aboriginal Land Council, critical ecology management requirements, Aboriginal Heritage requirements, and major road water and sewer infrastructure negotiations, design, approvals, and delivery.

Monteath & Powys undertook comprehensive management of all stakeholder and community engagement, engineering designs, utility service approvals, construction tendering, contract preparation, and site superintendency to deliver the works through to land registration, in accordance with authority and client requirements.

The project scope included:

  • Town Planning, design, approvals and construction of roads, drainage and services for 822 lots over 20 stages.
  • Planning, design, approvals, and construction of two RMS intersections onto Nelson Bay Road.
  • Management of design and approvals for the construction of estate major works including 5 waste-water pump stations, 2.5kms of sewer rising main, and 7kms of security of supply trunk water mains external to the site.
  • Ecology management and vegetation clearing.
  • Over 800,000 cubic metres of bulk earthworks.
  • Acid sulphate soils.
  • Ongoing liaison with NSW Dept Planning, Industry and Environment regarding modifications to consent to accommodate the client’s needs.