Parkes will be NSW's First Special Activation Precinct.
The NSW Government announced the establishment of Special Activation Precincts as part of its 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW.
The precincts will be funded as part of the NSW Government’s $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, following the sale of the Snowy Hydro Scheme to the Commonwealth.
$185 million in funding was announced by NSW Government Deputy Premier John Barliaro on Wednesday 22 July 2020 for vital infrastructure to enable development of the Parkes Special Activation Precinct.
About the Parkes Special Activation Precinct
The Parkes precinct will cover an area of 4,800 hectares.
The precinct will take advantage of its location at the only junction of Australia’s two rail spines, the Inland Rail and the Trans-Australia Railway.
Already home to the National Logistics Hub, the precinct’s location will provide suppliers access to 80 per cent of Australia’s markets within 12 hours by road or rail, allowing local products to be delivered across Australia and around the world.
With the Parkes Special Activation Precinct master plan now complete, Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation (RGDC) will take on delivery of the precinct. This includes managing the land acquisition process while leading design and construction, streamlined applications and approvals and providing a business concierge service aimed at assisting those seeking to set up or expand in the regions.
A long term vision for Parkes Shire
As a community, we have long had the vision to develop Parkes as a National Logistics Hub which is a feature of the Parkes Shire Community Strategic Plan.
Council's concept for the expansion of the Parkes National Logistics Hub was for a long-term planned approach that would protect the precinct from urban encroachment, avoid ad-hoc development generate a robust and sustainable mix of industries that would create a precinct that delivers economic prosperity for generations to come.
Council is pleased to see our vision become a reality lead by the State Government.