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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.

Fighter jet

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

The master planning process will investigate more than 10,000 hectares of land within the Port Stephens Local Government Area, including Newcastle Airport and its surrounds.

Defence and aerospace hub

The Hunter region has a long history of supporting Australia’s defence industry.

The RAAF base at Williamtown is Australia’s primary Department of Defence fighter pilot training base. It is home to Australia’s F-35 fleet and the Asia Pacific Regional Warehouse for F-35s.

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

The precinct will bring together specialised large scale international prime contractors, small and medium enterprises, and research and development institutions to create jobs and attract talent into the region.

Education, training and job opportunities

The Hunter has an existing skilled workforce to support defence, aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

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, along with education and training opportunities.

Preliminary estimates indicate over 4,300 new jobs could be created by a Williamtown precinct.

Next steps

Master planning for the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct will begin in the coming months and involve a range of technical studies and investigations.

A series of consultation sessions will also take place with community members, landowners, businesses and local councils encouraged to get involved and provide ideas and insights into the Williamtown precinct. These activities will be promoted through local media, Council and NSW Government website pages.

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