The NSW Government has given the Parkes Special Activation Precinct the green light to progress from concept to detailed land-use studies and community consultation to help the inform a Master Plan for this game changing initiative.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro joined by Parkes Shire Councillors visited Pacific National within the Parkes National Logistics Hub to celebrate the progress on the state’s first Special Activation Precinct.
“With the Inland Rail coming, we have to seize the opportunity to grow smart businesses in freight and logistics, agriculture and agricultural products, manufacturing and services,” Mr Barilaro said.
“In just a few months since we announced this initiative, we have developed a strong strategic business case and invested millions for enabling infrastructure that will support the continued development of Parkes as an inland freight port.
“This is proof the NSW Government is serious about creating jobs and attracting investment in Parkes and regional NSW.”
Community consultation has started for the next stage of development which will include face to face meetings with the community and public information sessions in coming weeks.
“Consulting with local businesses, landowners and the community is an important part of the planning process and the wider Parkes community will soon be invited to have their say,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We will work closely with Parkes Shire Council to undertake detailed environmental, economic and social studies that will help shape a master plan for the very exciting Parkes Special Activation Precinct.”
Parkes Shire Councillor Alan Ward said he was delighted with the progress of the precinct.
"The Parkes Special Activation Precinct and inland port will attract further major employers, driving the regional economy and creating jobs across the Central West and neighbouring regions.
"It opens up the opportunity for the Central West to access higher value markets, enabling farmers to be price makers, not price takers, which is especially important during challenging times such as the current drought."
"As we move through this next phase of the planning process, I encourage our local community and landholders to join the conversation and be involved in the development of the master plan,” Cr Ward said.
Pacific National Director of Corporate Affairs Andrew Huckel welcomed the announcement saying it was a ‘tripling down’ of great ideas.
"The first great idea was Parkes Shire Council's concept of a National Logistics Hub; the second great idea was the Australian Government's $10 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project; and the third great idea was the NSW Government's Special Activation Precinct."
"This will help streamline planning processes so that companies like Pacific National will have the added investment confidence to make Parkes one of Australia's largest regional freight hubs," said Mr Huckel.