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Jobs and planning boom time for Wagga

A Special Activation Precinct slated for the regional NSW centre of Wagga Wagga will create up to 6000 new jobs, target 30-day planning approvals and could be Australia’s first hydrogen powered precinct, as outlined in draft plans released today. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro (pictured, in Wagga today) said the draft master plan set the blueprint for a world class business hub that would drive investment to the region. 

“Our plans for the Wagga Wagga precinct include big ideas such as creating a circular economy – where one business’s waste becomes another’s resource – and Australia’s first green hydrogen hub, powered by sustainable energy,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“We want to create an employment hub with exceptional design to help Wagga Wagga grow while maintaining its unique, local appeal.

“We’ve heard what the community has to say so far and what they love about this place and we’ve really taken that into consideration with this plan. 

“We are excited to get the draft out and want to hear what you think about the ideas we are testing here in Wagga Wagga.”

He said the draft master plan covers 4506 hectares including the existing Bomen Business Park and will be on public exhibition for 56 days, instead of the usual 28-day period, to give people enough time to provide feedback.

Target industries include renewables, sustainability and recycling, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, freight and logistics, which Mr Barilaro said were set to benefit from fast-tracked planning approvals and access to the Inland Rail.

Wagga Wagga City Council’s Mayor, Greg Conkey said the release of the master plan was another important milestone in the NSW Government’s commitment to the Riverina. 

“This is a big step forward for the Wagga Wagga precinct and truly shows how committed the state government is to help this region reach its full potential.”

Paul Gianniotis, Managing Director at ProWay, said the precinct would make it easier for his business to expand and innovate.

“Saving time and money on planning approvals is a huge benefit for businesses like ours that want to invest more, try new ideas, live regionally and do business with the world,” Mr Gianniotis said.

The Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct draft master plan is open for feedback until 15 September. 

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