Hydrogen powered Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct will create up to 6000 new jobs

Central Wagga Wagga. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Plans for the Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct which will create up to 6000 new jobs and is expected to be Australia’s first hydrogen powered precinct were released earlier this week.

The precinct will target industries including renewables, sustainability and recycling, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, and freight and logistics, which will all benefit from fast-tracked 30-day planning approvals and access to the Inland Rail.

Speaking at ProWay Livestock Equipment in Wagga Wagga Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the plan sets a blueprint for a world class business hub which will see investments made in 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 in a statement. 

“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.”

Wagga Wagga City Council’s Mayor, Cr Greg Conkey, recognises the milestone as another sign of 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.”

Meanwhile Paul Gianniotis, Managing Director at ProWay, said the precinct will 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.”

Read the full media release here.

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