An action plan to drive forward the NSW Government’s Regional Jobs Precinct (RJP) program has now been completed and in the next stage, we’ll be working closely with the government to further develop NEXUS as a centre for investment and job creation.
The next step in the RJP development – the fourth in a six-stage process – will involve specialist studies to ensure NEXUS is in prime position to attract business development, and with it, jobs for our growing community.
These studies will include a review of infrastructure capacity, environmental and cultural investigations, and technical studies into matters such as biodiversity, noise, odour, and groundwater.
During the process, our community will be asked to provide feedback on proposed changes to the precinct.
It’s an exciting development that’s taking us further towards our aim of establishing NEXUS as a regional economic powerhouse, which is expected to generate more than $1.5B in Gross Regional Product and create 9,400 jobs over the next 30 years.
As one of only four NSW locations chosen for a Regional Job Precinct, Albury is in prime position to benefit from this exciting program which will deliver great opportunities for a young, skilled, and growing workforce.
Key to the process of creating jobs at NEXUS will be the work we’re doing with the government to reduce the barriers to businesses looking to invest at the site.
By cutting red tape, reducing delays, and simplifying planning processes, we’ll be able to provide greater certainty to companies looking to invest in major projects.
The RJP progress comes at an opportune time, with construction of the new freeway access ramps at Davey Road set for completion this year. By enhancing fast road access to marketplaces around the country, the ramps will further boost the appeal of NEXUS to investors.
And in another huge leap forward for our economy, Federal and State Ministers, and the mayors of Albury and Wodonga cities, have given in-principle endorsement to the draft agreement that will pave the way for the Regional Deal to be formally signed in the final quarter of this year.
The Regional Deal will harness the powers of all levels of government to supercharge the growth of the border cities and drive investment in new facilities and services for the local community.
Progress on the Deal, combined with the benefits to flow from the RJP, will lay solid foundations for economic growth on both sides of the border.
It’s great news at a time when COVID-19 continues to affect the local economy and it proves that we really are stronger together.
We’re looking forward to reaping the benefits of these ground-breaking programs. Our economy, lifestyle and visitor appeal will be the long-term winners and as always, we’re grateful to our partners and our community for helping to drive us all towards a bright economic future.