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. DHA has progressed the rezoning of both sites through lodgement of Planning Proposals.


The Fort Wallace planning proposal was endorsed by Newcastle City Council on 26 March 2019. The NSW Minister for Planning gazetted the Planning Proposal in September 2019 and the amended Newcastle Local Environmental Plan took effect. DHA is currently assessing its options for the site.

The Rifle Range planning proposal was endorsed by Port Stephens Council and the Minister for Planning issued ‘Gateway Determination’ in January 2020. There are various requests for information required by Port Stephens Council before the Rifle Range planning proposal can be gazetted.

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


Notification for Public Consultation under EPBC Act for the Fort Wallace Heritage Management Plan

The former Fort Wallace Defence site located in Stockton, NSW is a complex heritage site rich with natural and cultural values.

The site has been recognised as a place with natural and cultural value and has been included in the Commonwealth Heritage List (CHL) 2004.

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has prepared a draft replacement Heritage Management Plan for Fort Wallace. Under paragraph 341S(6)(b) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Defence Housing Australia (DHA) welcomes comments on the draft replacement Heritage Management Plan from members of the public, Indigenous People with rights and interests to the place, key stakeholders and community groups by close of business, 9 November 2021.

The draft Heritage Management Plan can be downloaded here: 

Submissions can be made via email to or sent to Defence Housing Australia, Attn: Stockton Development Manager, 26 Brisbane Avenue Barton ACT 2600. Please contact DHA for further information on

Final Preliminary Documentation Under Section 95B(4) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) submitted a Referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) on 25 August 2017 for the proposed redevelopment and disposal of the Stockton Rifle Range at Lot 5, DP 233358, Popplewell Road, Fern Bay, NSW.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment determined that the proposed action is a controlled action and that the project was to be assessed through preliminary documentation. In accordance with Section 95A(3) of the EPBC Act, the preliminary documentation relating to this proposed action was on display and public comments were invited from 19 November 2020 to 3 December 2020.

There were no comments received during the exhibition period and a copy of the Final Documentation (PDF size 273024 KB) is now available for information only.

A hard copy version is also available for viewing from 11 February 2021 to 25 February 2021 without charge at the Raymond Terrace Library - 18a Sturgeon St, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324. Persons with special needs should phone 1800 959 797 and speak with Olivia Dodds for assistance.

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Development details

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

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