Parkes could be international air freight hub: developers

By: Jason Whittaker

The vision for Parkes Airport to become a nationally and internationally linked air freight hub could be materialised, according to

The vision for Parkes Airport to become a nationally and internationally linked air freight hub could be materialised, according to the potential new owners of the facility.

The Buildev Group, a Newcastle-based diversified property development and investment group, have secured Parkes Airport and are keen to realise potential stemming from the critical location of the Parkes region in a national and international framework.

Buildev Development Manager Darren Williams says Parkes is well placed to service not only the regional perishable agricultural interests but also high value general freight.

"The airport together with its capacity to service in excess of 80 percent of the Australian population within 12 hours by road opens a number of national and international opportunities. Air freight is certainly one of the options we will be exploring," he says.

Buildev and its consultants are in the process of reviewing development approved plans for Parkes Airport and assessing the proposal in relation to recent developments in the international and national airport and logistics markets.

"The potential also exists for aviation training, aircraft maintenance and other airport related commercial activity," Williams says.

"Airports are now viewed as multi-dimensional and important key drivers of economic activity within the regions in which they are based. This sort of investment being contemplated has the capacity to attract new jobs in growth sectors such as knowledge-based industries and diversify the economic base of the region.

"This benefit would be enduring and a catalyst for other positive off-site impacts related to the servicing of the new development."

Williams says the airport may require a significant amount of new investment to provide such a facility.

"But essentially, the location is right and there is sufficient land to provide for expansion and development," he says.

Buildev will consult with a range of stakeholders on the development. Williams believes the spirit and enthusiasm existed in the town to want to advance projects of this nature.

Buildev has extensive experience in property development and more recently industrial and logistic intermodal developments in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.

"We are currently involved in industrial land subdivisions at Coolum, Yatala and Beaudesert with an approximate end value of in excess of $500 million," Williams says.

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