The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed today’s announcement by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro of a Special Activation Precinct (SAP) at Williamtown.
Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said the declaration would accelerate development in a 10,000-hectare area encompassing Newcastle Airport, Williamtown RAAF base and the Astra Aerolab defence, aerospace and innovation hub.
As a Special Activation Precinct, the area will receive the benefit of master-planning, streamlined planning approvals, government-led infrastructure and a business concierge service.
“The Chamber has advocated for the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct as an important driver of growth and economic diversification in our region,” Mr Hawes said.
“The declaration will help the region realise the huge potential that exists in having Australia’s premier Defence flight base and one of its fastest-growing regional airports within the one precinct.
“This announcement reinforces the importance of the Williamtown precinct to the state. We hope it will boost the Airport’s efforts to seek funding for a runaway expansion and terminal upgrade that promise further economic uplift through increased freight and tourism opportunities.”
Amy De Lore
Policy and Public Affairs Manager
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M: 0419 218 830