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The New South Wales government has announced a master planning process looking into the feasibility of a Special Activation Precinct in Williamtown. This is on top of the billion-dollar upgrades planned for the RAAF base and the $12m Astra Aerolab investment.

The precinct will become one of only five in New South Wales which, combined, are expected to create more than 15,000 jobs in the state. Along with the Williamtown hub, similar projects are planned for Moree, Parkes, the Snowy Mountains and Wagga Wagga.

Should the precinct at Williamtown go ahead, it would develop up to 10,000 hectares around the RAAF base and Newcastle Airport. It’s expected to not only create jobs but also to attract new businesses to the area, strengthening the local area's economy.

John Barilaro, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, said, "Special Activation Precincts are about attracting more money to regional NSW, creating job and career opportunities, streamlining approval processes and supporting our regions in the wake of COVID-19 and bushfires."

The draft version of the master plan, which will involve heavy community consultation, should be available for public viewing in late 2021.

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