Moree is set to become the economic powerhouse of northern NSW with the announcement of $194 million to deliver the first stage of the Moree Special Activation Precinct.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the funding for construction of the Precinct’s stage 1 infrastructure was the next step in driving economic growth and delivering up to 4,000 jobs for the people of the Moree Plains into the future.
“The masterplan is now finalised and I am really excited for the Moree community today as we move into the all-important delivery phase, that will see the vision for the Moree Special Activation Precinct come to life,” Mr Toole said.
“We have committed $194 million towards infrastructure that will leverage the benefits of the Inland Rail and bring investment into Moree and surrounding areas, building on the region’s already thriving agricultural industry.
The first stage of delivery will open around 950 hectares of land in the central part of the Precinct and support the development of land with new and upgraded roads, gas, telecommunications, water, electricity, storm water and wastewater infrastructure.
Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the funding commitment would help to diversify the local economy in a region renowned for innovative farming.
“The Special Activation Precinct is a fantastic opportunity to build on Moree’s high-value agricultural produce, strong connection to Country, water endowments and global connections by road, rail and air,” Mr Marshall said.
The Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation will lead the Precinct’s delivery by managing the construction of enabling infrastructure, preparing a delivery plan to support streamlined approvals and providing a business concierge service to help investors set up or expand in the region.
For more information on the masterplan and the State Environmental Planning Policy (Activation Precincts) 2020 (Activation Precincts SEPP) visit: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/moreesap
Special Activation Precincts are part of the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, dedicated to major and transformative infrastructure projects that will benefit regional NSW. Visit www.rgdc.nsw.gov.au for more information.