Infrastructure company Fulton Hogan has been awarded the design and construction contract for the Parkes Special Activation Precinct following a tender process.

The Parkes Special Activation Precinct (SAP) will build Australia's largest inland port offering significant investment opportunities for domestic and international companies alike. Parkes is one of six special activation precincts identified across regional NSW with the aim of attracting businesses and investors, supporting local industries and fuelling economic development.

The Parkes SAP will cover an area of 4,800 hectares and will take advantage of its location at the only junction of Australia’s two rail spines, the Inland Rail and the Trans-Australia Railway.

Already home to the National Logistics Hub, the precinct’s location will provide suppliers access to 80 per cent of Australia’s markets within 12 hours by road or rail, allowing local products to be delivered across Australia and around the world. 

Fulton Hogan has already begun work on the design and will start preliminary work in June 2021, which will include site surveys, geotechnical investigations and utilities (water, electrical and gas) relocations.

Construction is also aiming to begin in late June. This includes an upgrade of Brolgan Road, two bridges over the railway lines, a new 30MVa substation and all associated utilities.

Stage 1 of the plan for the precinct is expected to be complete by March 2023 and will open approximately 1,500 hectares for development.

Click here for more information on the Parkes SAP.