Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation is passionate about delivering Special Activation Precincts which promote the prosperity of regional NSW and its people through sustainable economic growth. Special Activation Precincts offer investment benefits including government-funded infrastructure, streamlined planning and approvals and business support services. They are unique to regional NSW, and each is located within a region identified as having high potential opportunities within industries that drive the NSW economy.

Partnerships with government, business, industry and education providers will enable us to bring to life world-class and sustainable economic precincts at the forefront of innovation using five core components:

Government led studies

Technical studies are undertaken by government, which reduces the burden on investors looking to grow or start up a business in these areas. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment commissions these technical studies to inform the development of the master plan.

Streamlined planning

Investors benefit from streamlined planning and environmental approvals with government leading the creation of the master plan and supporting planning instruments. This may include provision for complying development or approval exemptions.

Government led development

Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation will identify and lead the delivery of enabling infrastructure for each precinct. This includes new or upgraded roads, water, power, digital connectivity and social infrastructure for each precinct which removes barriers for investors to establish and grow.

Infrastructure investment

The NSW Government will fund the delivery of enabling infrastructure in each precinct from the Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund for regional NSW.

The investment into vital infrastructure will help to make it easier and more attractive for businesses to set up in Special Activation Precincts, driving new jobs and investment in regional communities.

Business Concierge

We will work with businesses to help attract investment and support them in establishing and growing in each precinct. This includes connecting businesses with:

  • other like-minded businesses for circular economy benefits
  • research institutions
  • education and training providers for upskilling
  • other government agencies for grants and assistance

Key strategy areas

Circular economy principles are a core focus for the activation precincts. This involves colocation of businesses with complementary land uses to offer cost-savings.

In this model, businesses work together to solve problems including waste and water reuse as well as energy generation. Our goal is to create carbon-neutral precincts.

The Kalundborg Symbiosis is a partnership between nine companies. Since 1972 it has developed the world’s first industrial symbiosis with a circular approach to production. Residue from one company becomes a resource at another, benefiting both the environment and the economy. The symbiosis creates growth in the local area and supports the companies’ corporate social responsibility and climate change mitigation actions.

A complex diagram showing the interactions of different businesses in the Kalundborg Symbiosis, where waste from some businesses is used by others

We are working at the forefront of sustainable development by embedding world-leading sustainability principles such as circular economy principles, local energy generation and waste as resource initiatives in each of our precincts.

The spillway and dam wall of Lake Jindabyne as seen from the Snowy River looking toward the lake, regional NSW, Snowy Mountains

Our commitment to sustainable development and operation of our precincts includes the incorporation of:

  • Circular economies
  • Water capture and recycling
  • Biodiversity and environmental preservation and enhancement
  • Precinct-wide green infrastructure
  • Cultural heritage preservation
  • Circular economy industries
  • Waste as resource initiatives
  • Local energy generation
  • Active transport options

We will be creating Australia’s first UNIDO Eco-Industrial Parks which are designed to create shared prosperity while safeguarding the environment.

UNIDO’s eco-industrial park approach is an inclusive and sustainable development strategy seeking to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It rejects the trade-off between economic growth and the environment.

We are actively seeking industry partners in recycling, renewable energy and energy from waste facilities for our precincts.

Each of our Special Activation Precincts will feature a collaborative network of training and education providers to create pathways for the development of a skilled workforce to service and enhance industries within the precincts.

Our partners will include Training Services NSW, TAFE NSW, local and affiliated universities, local councils, the Regional Organisation of Councils, and local skills providers.

Two workers under an open greenhouse in a rural area with small plots of plants growing, agriculture, agtech, research, education

Our vision is to create precincts where industry can innovate and grow through collaboration.

We have identified several opportunities for innovative technologies in our precincts and are always excited to hear about emerging alternatives. We are currently exploring opportunities for protected cropping, nutraceuticals and digitally-connected farming using artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Photo at dusk of the back of two workers in a harvested crop field with one holding a lap top and a drone hovering nearby, agtech, agriculture, technology, innovation, regional nsw

We strive for meaningful, long term partnerships which benefit the organisations and the communities in which we work.

Collectively, we can harness the expertise of leading representatives from government, communities, indigenous stakeholders, investors, industry and education providers to develop world-class industrial precincts.

Indigenous tour guide stands with two people on top of a bushy hill in Wagga Wagga, looking out to the distant fields and paddocks with a blue sky and some clouds

We are striving to create carbon-neutral precincts.

As part of this commitment we are supporting investment in renewable and innovative on-site energy sources. This includes reticulated hydrogen within the Wagga Wagga precinct as well as several solar generation parks.

Aerial photo of solar farm in a rural area, regional NSW, regional investment

We’re growing and connecting regional NSW

Find out how you can be a part of a Special Activation Precinct.