Wagga residents have suggested more amenities for workers at Bomen and raised environmental concerns at community consultations for a major new industrial project.
A 'planning van' from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet spent this week at Bomen and in Wagga's main street taking questions on the 'special activation precinct'.
The precinct is being designed to make it faster, cheaper and easier for new businesses to invest in the current industrial zone outside Wagga.
Department of Premier and Cabinet Regional director for Wagga James Bolton told The Daily Advertiser that "quite a lot of people had been dropping in".
"We have got quite a variety of different views. We have had interest from businesses and industry around how we can improve the planning process to give them more confidence," he said.
"We have also had representation from the trucking industry, who are very keen to hear how we can improve the network and truck stop facilities.
"Some of the other feedback has been around the amenities improvements - the cafes, parks and bike access - all the sort of infrastructure that's needed to make it more appealing to work out there.
"There has been quite a bit of input around making sure we protect the environment."
Junee resident Sue Murdoch said she would like to see more light rail and public transport links to make sure young people in Junee and the smaller outlying towns to access the new jobs at Bomen.
"You have got to wonder why these services stopped," she said.
"More public transport would make these jobs available to young people who don't have a licence."
Mr Bolton said the special activation precinct's main public transport focus was on connecting Wagga and Bomen but there were other government programs looking at regional services.
"A special activation precinct is, very simplistically, a dedicated area identified by the NSW government to become a thriving businesses hub," he said.
The project would seek to "fast-track" planning to "simplify and improve" the process for new businesses or expanded operations to get started.
"It's a huge bonus and I think it is going to make a big difference to people willing to invest in our region," Mr Bolton said.
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