NSW Government names Williamtown as location for new Special Aviation Precinct

NSW Government names Williamtown as location for new Special Aviation Precinct

The Hunter Region and Northern NSW are set to reap significant benefits after the NSW Government announced Williamtown as its latest Special Aviation Precinct (SAP).

These SAPs are unique to regional NSW, and bring together planning and investment teams, with a focus on growing jobs and economic activity in that area.

The Williamtown precinct will explore up to 10,000 hectares in and around Newcastle Airport and RAAF Base Williamtown.

It is one of only five across the State, joining those already announced at Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Moree and the Snowy Mountains.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said that these new precints will offer invaluable economic opportunities in regional communities, especially during such difficult times.

“Special Activation Precincts are about attracting more money to regional NSW, creating job and career opportunities, streamlining approval processes and supporting our regions in the wake of COVID-19 and bushfires,” John said.

“Early estimates show that these precincts will create at least 15,000 jobs across regional NSW, but we expect this number to be higher in reality.”

Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock, says the announcement demonstrated the State Government’s support for the Hunter Region and ensured Williamtown is set to become the state’s premier location for defence, aerospace and innovation.

“We’re very excited to be a key stakeholder in the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct which cements the region as a national and international defence and aerospace hub,” Peter said.

“With leasing opportunities available now at Astra Aerolab, the precinct will provide ideal conditions for those looking to invest. This development precinct provides facilities located adjacent to both the Airport and RAAF Base Williamtown – uniquely placed to offer a dedicated home for defence and aerospace innovation.”

Peter said that the new precinct will play a key role in generating the high skilled jobs of the future, which will benefit the Hunter region.

“This forward-looking program from the NSW Government is also aligned to the reinvention of manufacturing in Australia and puts NSW and the Hunter in the box seat. This is very welcome news in the current economic climate,” Peter concluded.

Master planning for the new Williamtown precinct is expected to commence soon, with extensive consultation across key local sectors including community, business and councils.

IMAGE | Astra Aerolab site location.

Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is a significant gateway into NSW and the Hunter. As a major transport hub it is critical to economic and social infrastructure and its planned and managed growth has helped underpin the continued prosperity of the Hunter. 

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