This week, local landholders and businesses attended community engagement forums with representatives from the NSW Departments of Planning and Environment and Regional NSW to discuss Narrabri’s Special Activation Precinct.

The community was invited to give feedback on the SAP location.

“They were genuinely seeking local feedback and input,” said Narrabri Chamber of Commerce president Russell Stewart.

“They had four options, none of them set-in-stone, they are looking for comments, they do not have any preconceived ideas.

“Chamber has a great relationship with Planning NSW, they have come up with a number of options that chamber have been pushing council for a number of years on, including an industrial estate.”

Mr Stewart said chamber assisted Planning NSW with the organisation of the feedback sessions and will also work with the department to
deliver a forum via Zoom for locals who weren’t able to attend this week’s community engagement meetings.

Narrabri was announced as a Special Activation Precinct in November 2020.

A SAP is a dedicated area in a regional location identified by the NSW government to become a thriving business hub, bringing together planning and investment to create jobs and boost economic growth in dedicated regional locations across the state.

Other SAP locations in NSW include Moree, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Williamstown, and the Snowy Mountains.

The department said the precinct will bring further economic growth to the region by leveraging the Inland Rail and the Northern NSW Inland Port, providing direct access to global and international markets.

The community forums followed a similar series of sessions held at The Crossing Theatre in December 2021 by NSW Planning executive director and planning lead for SAPs Anthea Sargeant and her colleagues.

Another SAP forum is expected to be held in Narrabri in September.

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