Parkes sits at the only junction of Australia’s two rail spines – the Inland Rail and Trans-Australian Railway. Products can reach 80% of Australia’s population overnight.

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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, offering investors an opportunity to develop a built-for-purpose facility, with intermodal access to 80% of Australians overnight.

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Innovative grains

Australia’s produce is clean, green and safe, with new efficient transport connections offering unparalleled connections with domestic and overseas markets.

The Central West region generates more than $2.2 billion in agricultural products – most of which leave the region in their base commodity form.

The Parkes precinct's unequalled transport connectivity offers innovative manufacturers a chance to capitalise on the expected growth in grain-based food products.

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

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 4 major ports within 24 hours with unsurpassed access to rail carriage for heavy materials.

It offers a unique opportunity to connect mineral extraction projects with growing demand for critical metals and rare sands.

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

Download the Parkes critical minerals fact sheet

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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 480,000 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 $370m each year in Australia.

Download the Parkes e-waste recycling fact sheet

Plant-based meat substitutes

Demand for plant-based meat substitutes is growing rapidly. The Parkes precinct is ideally positioned to capitalise on central western NSW’s abundant grain production, skilled workforce and unparalleled transport connections.

The Central West is already home to 18% of NSW’s food manufacturing workers and the Parkes precinct will host a strong ag-tech network. Manufacturers within the precinct can also reach 80% of Australian markets with 12 hours.

Download the Parkes plant-based meat substitutes fact sheet

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Plastics recycling

The Parkes Special Activation Precinct will promote sustainability and offer opportunities within the growing plastic recycling industry.

Australians use 3.4 million metric tonnes of plastic each year with only 14% of domestic plastic recycled. The export of mixed plastics from Australia is banned by 2021, increasing the opportunities for domestic recycling.

Industrial land within the Parkes precinct will cost around 5% of land in metro areas. Recyclers within the precinct can access feedstock from 80% of Australia’s population within 12 hours.

Download the Parkes plastics recycling fact sheet

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 and low natural hazard risk.

  • More than 60% of the region’s workforce hold a certificate or higher-level qualification
  • Industrial land within the Parkes precinct will cost around 5% of land in metro areas.

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DEAN DALLA VALE, PACIFIC NATIONAL CEO

“Parkes sits at the epicentre of Australia’s rail freight network and Pacific National is delighted with its $35 million commitment to start developing the Parkes Logistics Terminal adjacent to the Inland Rail.”
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