Williamtown Special Activation Precinct

A Special Activation Precinct in Williamtown will help to create a defence and aerospace hub, boost the local economy and generate thousands of new jobs for the region.

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Plans for Williamtown

A new Williamtown precinct will build on the NSW Government’s existing investment into the Astra Aerolab development and create highly-skilled, long-term job opportunities that will attract investors, and strengthen the region’s economy.

The master planning process is currently underway and involves a range of technical studies and consultation, which are used to inform the draft master plan that will outline the 40-year vision for the precinct. 

Initially, the investigation area for the Williamtown precinct covered 10,000 hectares within the Port Stephens Local Government Area. As work has progressed, this area has been refined, however the final precinct boundary is not yet confirmed.

Industry and employment opportunities

The strategic location of the Williamtown precinct next to the RAAF base, creates opportunities to attract new and existing businesses, in the defence and aerospace industries.

The precinct will bring together specialised opportunities for:

  • Large scale international defence contractors,
  • Small and medium enterprises, and
  • Research and development institutions.

The Williamtown precinct will help to attract even more highly-skilled and well-paid workers from defence and aerospace industries that will bring new cashflow into the region.

Next steps

Investigations to inform the draft master plan have taken longer than anticipated due to the complexity of the hydrology in the area. The investigations are seeking to ensure that potential development does not have an adverse effect on flooding and drainage or compromise the amenity of the surrounding area. 

The draft master plan is expected to go on public exhibition for comments and feedback in early 2022. 

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