Fort Wallace, Stockton and Rifle Range, Fern Bay

Fort Wallace

About Fort Wallace and Rifle Range

Located moments from Stockton Beach, Fort Wallace and Rifle Range will attract residents who want to enjoy the great outdoors and live in quality housing that corresponds to the natural environment.

DHA’s proposed concept is for two residential developments providing approximately 400 lots across both sites. DHA will retain a portion of the lots to build homes for Defence, while surplus land will be sold to the public.

To develop parts of both sites for residential use, the land needs to be rezoned through a ‘planning proposal’ process. The release date for land is subject to planning approval by Port Stephens Council and Newcastle City Council.

The Fort Wallace planning proposal was endorsed by Newcastle City Council on 26 March 2019 and was sent to the Minister for Planning for Gazettal. DHA is awaiting the outcome of this process, however we expect final Gazettal in the coming months.

Gazettal will mark the final step in the planning proposal process, which means that the planning controls at Fort Wallace will be officially amended and the land will be rezoned for residential use. In anticipation, DHA is now preparing the necessary Development Application (DA).

Fern Bay
The Rifle Range planning proposal was endorsed by Port Stephens Council on 23 July 2019 and has been sent to the Minister for Planning for ‘Gateway Determination’. The Minister will now decide if the proposal can proceed, and what variations or additional studies may be required.

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Fast Facts:
  • Three-minute ferry ride from Stockton Wharf to Newcastle CBD, or about 17 kilometres by road
  • Close to shops, primary schools and community facilities
  • Close proximity to jobs at RAAF Base Williamtown, Kooragang Island and Newcastle CBD
Development details

Fort Wallace
Range of housing options
Location Stockton, NSW
Size 31.75 hectares
Status In planning phase
Rifle Range
Range of housing options
Location Fern Bay, NSW
Size 111.35 hectares

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