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Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct

Published 29th March, 2019

Set to be a world-class business precinct, the Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct (SAP) will capitalise on the inland rail, and focus on advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, and freight and logistics. 

The precinct is investigating an area of around 4100 hectares, with 300 hectares already developed as part of the Bomen Business Park.

Freight and Logistics

Wagga is a highly accessible city through its rail and road connectivity with Australia’s major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra. The Special Activation Precinct will build-on already-planned private and government investments, creating an efficient transport and logistics hub that will:

  • Incorporate the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RIFL) hub, that supports the growth of freight and logistics related industries
  • Create faster, easier access to global markets for regional producers across the region
  • Create jobs, attract investors and developers.

Advanced Manufacturing and Agribusiness

The Bomen Business Park, within the SAP investigation area, is already home to food manufacturers, transport companies and a range of enterprises that gain benefits from colocation. The SAP creates an opportunity for new investment, growth in advanced manufacturing and agribusiness, and the potential to add value at every stage of the global supply chain.

Innovation, Skills and Education

Wagga Wagga boasts the institutions and individuals to foster a culture of world-class innovation, research and education. The City has a growing reputation for international agricultural research, education and technology commercialisation based on its cluster of AgTech research centres, industry groups and businesses.

Local education institutions include Charles Sturt University, TAFE, CSU Tech Incubator, CSU AgriPark, the Graham Centre, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, the NSW Centre of Excellence for Southern Farming Systems and Viticulture, and AgriFutures Australia.

Recycling and Renewable Energy

The Bomen Business Park already has a lead and battery recycling facility. The SITA recycling facility provides waste recovery services to minimise waste streams and landfill, and to ensure the safe disposal of waste materials.

The benefits realised through increased freight and logistics connections could allow for the establishment of higher value-add industries that reduce waste streams and recycle products.

Renew Estate Pty Ltd is an Australian renewable energy company developing a 120 megawatt solar farm in the industrial precinct, and there is potential for more energy generation in the investigation area.

Next steps for Wagga Wagga

The technical studies are investigating environmental, heritage, social and community, and economic considerations across an investigation area of around 4100 hectares. These studies will inform a draft master plan for the SAP.

The NSW Government is working closely with Wagga Wagga City Council, consulting with the community and engaging with stakeholders with a view of exhibiting a draft master plan for comment and feedback in the first quarter of 2020.

Community consultation will inform the draft master plan and will include information sessions and other opportunities to provide feedback and input.  Additionally further feedback and comment will be sought when the draft master plan goes on exhibition.

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


Published 29th March, 2019
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