More than 7000 homes and a new West Dapto town centre are a step closer after two recent NSW planning approvals.
This week the government announced it had signed off on concept plans to make way for a $210 million water and wastewater system which will support the first stage of the West Dapto development.
The water infrastructure will support Wongawilli, Kembla Grange and West Horsley.
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According to the department of planning, approval of the concept plan means work can now begin on building and upgrading 70 kilometres of drinking water and wastewater pipelines, as well as the upgrade of the existing pumping station at Kembla Grange.
Four drinking water reservoirs will be constructed at Avondale and Marshall Mount.
Additionally, the planning department last month signed off on a Wollongong City Council-endorsed rezoning, to allow the Illawarra Clay Target Club to move from its current location, which has been earmarked as the site for the future Bong Bong Road town centre.
"As part of the master plan for West Dapto, the Bong Bong Road town centre will become a focal point for the local community," he said.
A shopping precinct would be developed for the town centre to "support the everyday needs of the existing Horsley population and future residents of West Dapto", Mr Whitworth said.