A big clap for Moree SAP!

In 2019, the NSW Government announced Moree as a location for a Special Activation Precinct and in March this year the Moree precinct master plan was finalised and $194M of funding confirmed.

Grain silos near Moree Airport

What is a Special Activation Precinct, and why was Moree identified?

Special Activation Precincts are dedicated areas in regional locations identified to become thriving business hubs to create jobs, attract businesses and investors, support local industries and fuel economic development. Special Activation Precincts are led and delivered by the Department of Regional NSW, and funded by the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.

Moree was chosen due to its existing high-value agricultural industry, access to Inland Rail infrastructure and major highways. However, it is the future possibility of Moree becoming an even more sophisticated home for agribusiness, food processing and manufacturing that is exciting business and locals.

Where will it be located?

The precinct covers 4,716 hectares, extending south of the Gwydir Highway, and includes Moree Airport, Tapscott Road and the Ski Park.

Operating as an intermodal hub the precinct will connect road, rail and air transport infrastructure, enabling existing and new businesses to access national and global markets. Inland Rail will be a key enabler of the precinct’s productivity, enabling producers and manufacturers the ability to move increased volumes of product on double-stacked trains to capital cities and other regional hubs.

Are other precincts planned for region?

Narrabri is also slated as a Special Activation Precinct location, with master-planning and community consultation underway. Other precincts include Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Snowy Mountains and Williamtown.

What’s next for the Moree precinct?

The Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation is preparing a delivery plan, which will provide more detail on site specific development controls, strategies for managing environmental impacts and ongoing monitoring requirements. The delivery plan will be placed on public exhibition in the coming months, allowing the community and other stakeholders to give feedback.

Stage 1 construction is expected to begin in 2023.

Click here to get the latest on the Moree precinct.

IMAGE: Grain silos near Moree Airport