The NSW has given the green light to build a new $264 million data centre in Macquarie Park, helping create 400 construction jobs.
NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the new centre would provide vital support to the growing digital economy.
Our increased reliance on digital technologies means the demand for the physical infrastructure underpinning these technologies is growing,” Stokes said.
“Fast-tracking data centre assessments are a key part of the NSW Government’s planning reforms because they are vital to supporting our economic growth.”
Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said the new data centre would be a welcome addition to Macquarie Park’s thriving business district.
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“The data centre will create 400 construction jobs and up to 50 operational jobs, a significant boost for the area,” Dominello said.
Construction of the data centre is expected to begin in September and be operational by March 2023.
The approval follows recent reforms and proposed changes to planning rules to support the faster delivery of data centres throughout the state.
NSW has lowered the significant development threshold from $50 million to $30 million for these types of developments until May 2023.
The NSW Government is also considering feedback on proposed changes to planning rules that could see some data centres set up as complying development, subject to strict conditions.