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Mark McClean

Deputy Director for Hunter and Central Coast

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Project overview

Astra Aerolab is being developed on 76 hectares of prime land adjoining the Newcastle Airport and RAAF Base Williamtown.

Williamtown is Australia’s primary Defence Fighter Base and home to the new fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.  

Astra Aerolab is expected to become Australia's prominent precinct for innovation in aviation, defence and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, research and education. 

Competitive advantages

Astra Aerolab presents the following competitive advantages:

  • A defence and aerospace technology park that will create up to 5,500 jobs, and service and maintain Australian fighter jets, including the RAAF’s acquisition of 72 F-35 JSF aircraft
  • Home to Aerospace Primes such as Boeing, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon & Jetstar
  • Direct airside access, adjoining RAAF Base Williamtown
  • National and international connectivity through Newcastle Airport, currently servicing 1.3 million passengers annually and is expected to go as high as 5 million by 2036
  • A regional population of 700,000 offering affordable living, a superior coastal lifestyle and close proximity to Newcastle CBD, Australia’s 7th largest city

Project timeline

Stage 1 of Astra Aerolab is now selling.

Expressions of interest

For more information or to express your interest in Astra Aerolab, please contact Mark McClean below.

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Mark McClean

Deputy Director for Hunter and Central Coast
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Level 5, 26 Honeysuckle Dr
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