Wyee West Paper Subdivision

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The Wyee West Paper Subdivision consists of 199 residential lots that are owned by more than 140 landowners.

While much of the land has been rezoned to allow for residential development, the land cannot be developed because it is not serviced with the necessary infrastructure such as roads, drainage, water, sewer and electricity.

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback so far, Council is looking to work with local landowners to explore options for the future of the paper subdivision.


The Wyee West Paper Subdivision consists of 199 residential lots that are owned by more than 140 landowners.

While much of the land has been rezoned to allow for residential development, the land cannot be developed because it is not serviced with the necessary infrastructure such as roads, drainage, water, sewer and electricity.

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback so far, Council is looking to work with local landowners to explore options for the future of the paper subdivision.

  • A snapshot of what was discussed at meeting three of the Wyee West Paper Subdivision Development Plan Reference Group

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    23 Feb 2018

    The Wyee West Paper Subdivision Development Plan Reference Group met again on Thursday 15 February. They received a briefing from specialist Council staff involved in the regulation of on-site sewer management (OSSM) systems.

    In summary, this presentation covered:

    • Council is responsible for assessing applications for on-site sewer management (OSSM) systems and the ongoing regulation of those systems.
    • Standards for OSSM systems have become much more stringent over time (due to greater understanding of potential health and environmental impact of OSSM systems).
    • OSSM systems require a large area of land (typically 4000m2) for effective treatment of household effluent.
    • Soils in Wyee are not well-suited to assimilation of wastewater, meaning larger areas are generally required in order to ensure no off-site impacts from OSSM systems.
    • While modern composting toilets are a space-efficient option, other wastewater streams (kitchen, bathroom and laundry) pose similar environmental and public health risks and still require treatment and disposal.
    • The more constrained the site (i.e. poor soils and small lot-size), the more expensive the OSSM system would likely be.
    • Pump-out systems are costly to install and require servicing fortnightly at a cost (currently) of $2480 per year.
    • For the reasons described above, individual OSSM systems are not a viable solution for servicing the Wyee paper subdivision, which consists of 184 residential-zoned lots with an average lot size of 800m2.

    Following this briefing, Council advised it would soon be engaging an ecological consulting firm who will likely commence fieldwork within the paper subdivision in late March. We will also soon appoint geotechnical and archaeological consultants to undertake studies for the area.

    These are the first of a number of studies being undertaken over the coming months that will feed into detailed engineering plans for roads and infrastructure. It is this work that will allow us to accurately estimate construction costs.

    Our compliance staff are continuing to monitor the area for unauthorised development. It has been pleasing to say that the majority of landowners have complied with Council’s requests and ceased any developments on their properties.

    Council reiterated its position that the welfare and safety of its residents is its number one priority.

    We look forward to working with all landowners as well as the Reference Group to explore and progress options for the future of the paper subdivision.

  • Outcomes from meeting two of the Wyee West Paper Subdivision Development Plan Reference Group

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    08 Dec 2017

    The Wyee West Paper Subdivision Development Plan Reference Group met for the second time on Thursday 7 December. They reviewed the Paper Subdivisions legislation and highlighted a number of important items to be included in a Development Plan, including:

    • Details of subdivision works to be undertaken for the land
    • Details of the cost of subdivision works
    • Details of costs of preparing the Development Plan
    • Details of the proportion of costs to be met by each landowner and the manner in which owners may meet these costs

    The Reference Group will meet again in February to discuss potential funding options and how the Paper Subdivisions legislation has been used by Landcom for the Riverstone Scheduled Lands.

    After every meeting, Council will upload details and outcomes of the Reference Group so all landowners are kept in the loop.

    Council looks forward to working with all landowners as well as the Reference Group to explore progress options for the future of the paper subdivision.

  • Wyee West Paper Subdivision Development Plan Reference Group meeting one

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    30 Nov 2017

    The Wyee West Paper Subdivision Development Plan Reference Group met for the first time on Tuesday 28 November. The Group, consisting of six landowners, three Council staff and three Lake Macquarie Councillors – Cr David Belcher, Cr John Gilbert and Cr Nick Jones – spent the evening getting to know each other better and explored how the group will work together over the next 12 or so months.

    They discussed the Reference Group’s purpose including to assist in formulating a Development Plan, acting as a conduit between the Council and other landowners, and helping consider the implications for existing paper subdivision residents in the implementation of a Development Plan.

    The Reference Group will meet again in early December to learn more about the Paper Subdivisions legislation, before taking a break over Christmas and meeting again in February 2018.

    After every meeting, Council will upload details and outcomes of the Reference Group so all landowners are kept in the loop. Stay tuned for another update in the near future where we will introduce group members.

    Council looks forward to working with all landowners as well as the Reference Group to explore options for the future of the paper subdivision.