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Rebecca Fox

Rebecca Fox

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation

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Project overview

The Williamtown Special Activation Precinct will build on the NSW Government’s existing investment in 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.

Special Activation Precincts will create jobs, attract businesses and investors, and fuel economic development in regional NSW to ensure regions are well placed to grow and meet future economic needs.

All Special Activation Precincts are being delivered as part of the A$4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.

Competitive advantages

The Williamtown Special Activation Precinct will offer:

  • a defence and aerospace hub in the Hunter region
    • 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.

  • a strategic location next to the RAAF base, creating opportunities to attract new and existing businesses, like BAE Systems, in the defence and aerospace industries
  • 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.

    • Access to the Hunter's existing skilled workforce in the defence, aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors.
  • Anchor tenants like RAAF, BAE Systems, Boeing and Lockheed Martin
Competitive advantages

Project timeline

  • The master planning process is underway, and community members and landowners will have an opportunity to contribute and provide feedback, to help shape the vision for this exciting project.
  • For further information, visit Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation.

Incentives and support

  • Financial incentives are available through the Regional Job Creation Fund
  • Relocation grants of up to A$10,000 per worker are available to help attract skilled employees from metropolitan areas
  • Business concierge service to assist with development planning and approvals
  • Government-funded infrastructure

Expressions of interest

For more information or to express your interest in the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct, please contact Rebecca Fox below.

Please note that this website is made available to showcase investment opportunities in Regional NSW. Do not rely on the information on this website to make an investment decision. These projects are subject to final government decisions to invest.

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Rebecca Fox

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation
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