NSW releases land for advanced manufacturing

The NSW government has moved two major industrial estates in the state ahead.

The first estate, Oakdale West in Kemps Creek, Western Sydney, is part of the $3 billion Oakdale Industrial Estate.

The concept plan and Stage 1 development application were approved by the government, which Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes highlighted would bring investment and jobs to the region.

“This latest project will inject millions of dollars in capital investment into the area and will provide 1,000 construction jobs and 1,845 operational jobs close to home, transport and the future Western Sydney Airport,” said Stokes.

The government will support the development with infrastructure including a road to connect the estate to Lenore Drive, flowing into the M7 and M4.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said that the site will attract major employers to the region.

“Twenty-two new businesses will set up in the precinct joining the likes of Toyota, Costco and DHL,” said Ayres.

“This is yet another important step in building a strong Western Sydney for the future, where people can expect to find quality jobs closer to where they live in a city which will be the economic powerhouse of the State.”

In a separate announcement, a Special Activation Precinct has been announced for the Central West town of Parkes. The precinct will cover 4,800 hectares, and the draft plan proposes an eco-industrial hub to connect with rail projects passing through the area, as Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, noted.

“The Precinct will take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Inland Rail and the Parkes National Logistics Hub, and better connect investors and producers of the central west region to eighty per cent of Australia’s population, and directly to major ports.”

Businesses already committed to the precinct include Pacific National, SCT Logistics, Linfox, Westlime, Neoen Parkes Solar farm, and ARTC.

“This draft master plan outlines how the Parkes Special Activation Precinct will generate business and employment growth offered by its location at one of the key freight crossroads of Australia,” said Barilaro.