The state’s first Special Activation Precinct is one step closer with the delivery of the Parkes final master plan.

As well as a new planning framework that will cut red and green tape so that major employers can start doing business faster.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro welcomed this milestone today.

“This is a great day for Regional NSW – the master plan for the Parkes Special Activation Precinct proves that it is possible to balance job creation and investment attraction, with looking after important environmental and community priorities, and this new planning tool sets the framework for future precincts,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The Parkes precinct will support economic and business growth across the Central West, and it is all thanks to the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.”

The Parkes precinct master plan covers 4,800 hectares of land, its land uses and approval processes for investors.

“We are making it easier to do business in Parkes by setting out all planning and environmental requirements upfront – this will reduce delays, save money, and give greater certainty to investors,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The master plan also sets out a long-term vision for the Parkes precinct, with up to 3,000 jobs coming from freight and logistics, resource recovery, and value-added agriculture.

“The precinct will focus on sustainability and will be Australia’s first UNIDO Eco Industrial Park – where a community of businesses work together to achieve enhanced environmental, economic and social performance, which in turn, offers companies a competitive advantage through a circular economy and onsite energy-generation.”

The Parkes Special Activation Precinct master plan, and new planning framework – State Environmental Planning Policy (Activation Precincts) 2020 – have all been finalised and can be viewed here.

Special Activation Precincts are part of the Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, dedicated to major and transformative infrastructure projects that will benefit regional NSW.

Visit www.nsw.gov.au/parkesSAP for more information.