Parkes Special Activation Precinct

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The Parkes Special Activation Precinct (SAP) is a new take on the conventional business park, reconfiguring the current concept and incorporating efficient economic practices to encourage business growth within regional NSW.

The basis of innovation and efficiencies has driven The Parkes SAP to be Australia's first UNIDO eco-industrial park and the nation's leading circular economy precinct.

The Parkes Special Activation Precinct is a critical tool connecting the Central West to national and global markets. This precinct is complemented by the Trans-Australian railway connecting Australia's East and West coasts and the Inland Rail project set to connect Melbourne and Brisbane.

Specific growth industries have been identified as suitable candidates to work within the precinct, encouraging like-minded businesses to drive improved economic outcomes through innovation, value creation and competitiveness. The selected industries complement the current workforce and strategic advantages that Parkes and the central west can provide. 

Click below to find more information on the identified industries.

Cold chain logistics

Cold chain logistics operators can capitalise on the Parkes precinct’s existing, thriving road freight industry and its location at the crossroads of Australia’s major freight rail lines.

Parkes is also a gateway to one of NSW’s most productive agricultural regions with a thriving food manufacturing industry. This offers investors an opportunity to develop a built-for-purpose facility, with intermodal access to 80% of Australians overnight.

Innovative grains

The Central West region generates more than $4.9 billion in agricultural products, Parkes precinct’s transport connectivity offers innovative manufacturers a chance to capitalise on the expected growth in grain-based food products.

Critical minerals

Parkes is ideal as a central hub for mining. There are world-class gold and copper mines nearby and more than 15 critical mineral projects in the region.

The precinct will offer access to four major ports within 24 hours with unsurpassed access to rail carriage for heavy materials. 

Investors can access the skilled mining, resources and metallurgical workforce supporting the existing minerals industry.

E-waste recycling

The Parkes precinct will be NSW’s first dedicated resources and recycling precinct with direct rail access. Recyclers can access feedstock from 80% of the Australian population overnight.

Investors can establish their own collection network or leverage existing collectors and cost-effective onsite storage.

  • Australia generates in excess of 540,000 tonnes of e-waste each year
  • By 2026 the National Television & Computer Recycling Scheme aims to increase the volume of e-waste recycled by 63%
  • Metals reclaimed through recycled e-waste valued at $370 million each year in Australia.

Plant-based meat substitutes

Demand for plant-based meat substitutes is growing rapidly. This sector is expected to grow by 3.6% by 2025 while the global plant-based meat industry is expected to exceed US$140 billion by 2029.

Plastics recycling

The precinct will promote sustainability and offer opportunities within the growing plastic recycling industry.

Australians use 3.5 million metric tonnes of plastic each year with only 13% of domestic plastic recycled. The export of mixed plastics from Australia was banned in 2021, increasing the opportunities for domestic recycling.

Data centres

The Parkes Special Activation Precinct will provide efficient recycled and renewable energy and strong telecommunications infrastructure. 

Data centre operations can leverage the region’s existing skilled workforce – more than 60 of the region’s workforce holds a certificate or higher-level qualification – and low natural hazard risk.

Energy from waste

A proposed energy from waste facility will provide a reliable energy source for businesses in the Parkes precinct. It will also play a key role in the precinct’s circular economy, using technology proven throughout the world. 

There are opportunities to optimise the waste stream, including: 

  • recycling, reuse and re-manufacturing
  • on-site energy from waste facility for residual waste