NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro confirmed the anticipated Narrabri Special Activation Precinct in Narrabri today.

A Special Activation Precinct is described as ‘a dedicated area in a regional location identified by the NSW government to become a thriving business hub.’ Designation as a Special Activation Precinct will streamline planning processes, create new jobs and fuel regional economic development. They enjoy fast track planning, infrastructure investment, government-led development and skilled employee financial support.

Other SAPS in NSW are Moree, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Willamtown and the Snowy Mountains.

Mr Barilaro made the Narrabri announcement as the NSW government released the Strategic Opportunities for Gas in Regional NSW statement outlining its ongoing support for the domestic gas industry as a driver of new jobs and industry opportunities in regional NSW.

Mr Barilaro said with the recent Independent Planning Commission approval of the Narrabri Gas Project and investment around the Narrabri Inland Port, now was the right time for a Narrabri precinct.

“Today we are releasing the NSW government’s statement of support for the future growth of the gas industry, backing investments like the Narrabri gas project that will provide a $3.6 billion economic boost and create around 1,500 new jobs,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This gas project opens up a wide range of industry growth opportunities in manufacturing everything from plastics to fertiliser and construction materials.

“This is great news for the local economy.

“We want to create a thriving energy hub in Narrabri focused on value-added production and manufacturing to power long-term job opportunities across the region.”

The NSW government’s Strategic Opportunities for Gas in Regional NSW statement outlines the government’s support for the domestic gas industry, with a comprehensive Future of Gas Strategy to be delivered in 2021.

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