Construction of the Parkes Special Activation Precinct is now underway. The Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said locals will start to see the precinct take shape with early works beginning.
"The Parkes Special Activation Precinct has been in the pipeline for a number of years, so it is really exciting to be able to mark the start of construction on this transformational investment.
“The precinct will focus on sustainability and aims to become Australia’s first UNIDO Eco-Industrial Park where businesses will work together to create a true circular economy, where one corporation’s waste becomes another’s material for production," Mr Barilaro said.
Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "This is a significant milestone for the Parkes Special Activation Precinct. With construction commencing, job opportunities will be created for not only Parkes but for the region. This announcement means that we are one step closer to realising the benefits of the Parkes Special Activation Precinct, which will attract and grow businesses, drive agriculture value-adding, facilitate modern manufacturing, stimulate the local economy, and provide more local employment opportunities."
The Special Activation Precinct will ensure that Parkes continues to boast a strong diverse economy and will create jobs and opportunities for the whole region when completed, particularly efficiently linking agricultural value-added products to world markets.
Council is committed to working with the State Government to ensure that the vision for the precinct is achieved and is being developed using circular economy and eco industrials park principals.
Early works include the upgrade of Brolgan Road to incorporate a roundabout for the future Coopers Road realignment, two bridges over the existing railway lines, and a new 30MVa sub-station, as well as all associated utilities. These works are expected to be completed in the first half of 2023.
Construction company Fulton Hogan will deliver the construction work, which is expected to require up to 125 construction jobs throughout the build.
Special Activation Precincts are being delivered by the Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation and funded by the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund. To follow the progress of the Parkes Special Activation Precinct go to https://www.rgdc.nsw.gov.au/precincts/parkes.