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Parkes Special Activation Precinct

Published 26th February, 2019

Parkes is the first official Special Activation Precinct (SAP), taking advantage of location, business development opportunities and employment growth offered by the east-west rail line and the Inland Rail project, placing Parkes at the crossroads of Australia.

Plans for Parkes

The precinct will create new jobs in the freight and logistics industry and optimise opportunities in the agricultural industry. Regional suppliers will be brought closer to their customers, allowing local products to be delivered across Australia and around the world.

This will increase prosperity for Parkes, the Central West region and the state by providing more investment and employment opportunities for people in the region.

Freight and logistics

Building on already-planned private and government investments, the precinct will establish an efficient transport and logistics hub that will:

  • take advantage of the Inland Rail project and improve freight and logistics, as well as providing new freight options for local businesses
  • create faster, easier access to global markets for regional producers across the Central West, particularly for agricultural producers and the agribusiness sector
  • facilitate the establishment of businesses in Parkes that will benefit from being at the centre of a national freight network.

High-value agriculture

Australia’s produce is seen as clean, green and safe. Efficiently connecting Australian produce to international markets will take advantage of this.

The Parkes SAP is an opportunity for Central West producers to access new markets, enterprises and connections to efficient transport networks, at a national and international level.

Next steps for Parkes

The NSW Government has commenced community consultation as part of the master planning process.

The master planning process includes technical studies across 5600 hectares of land including heritage, ecology, social and economic considerations to inform the master plan for the SAP.

The NSW Government is working closely with Parkes Shire Council and is engaging with landowners, business and the wider community view of exhibiting a draft master plan in mid-2019.

For further information call 1300 REGION (73 44 66) or email [email protected].

Download the Parkes SAP fact sheet [PDF, 858 KB]

Published 26th February, 2019
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