Williamtown Aerospace Centre – Hub of Commercial Defence Capability
The Williamtown Aerospace Centre (WAC) is a national, award-winning, regional partnership established to create, enhance and facilitate commercial activities in the land adjoining RAAF Base Williamtown and Newcastle Airport. Located just two hours north of Sydney, Australia, a rare opportunity exists for your organisation to be at the leading edge of aerospace, defence technology and aviation development.
Winner of the 2014 National Economic Development Partnership Award from Economic Development Australia, WAC was recognised for activities that led the way to the creation of commercial opportunities at Australia’s largest operating Air Force Base and one of Australia’s fastest growing regional airports.
As a site, WAC includes the Newcastle Airport Precinct and 120 hectares of industrial and business land. It will provide first class facilities and a variety of infrastructure solutions to meet the needs of individual organisations of any size or requirement. WAC will also facilitate the expansion of RAAF Base Williamtown’s capability to meet the changing requirements of the RAAF and its Defence contractors throughout this century.
Set on three hectares of land located at the entrance to Newcastle Airport and just two minutes from the entrance to the RAAF Base Williamtown, 1 Technology Place is the exciting first stage of the Williamtown Aerospace Centre. The commercial campus-style tech park includes commercial offices, and technical and light industrial spaces for lease.
Three buildings have now been completed, with a fully let 2,000m2 fourth building currently under construction. Listed below are WAC’s foundation tenants. All buildings have been designed and built to Defence zone level security requirements and have access to Defence Secure IT Networks (subject to Defence approval) to meet the modern requirements of aerospace, defence, technology and aviation, and related industry companies. The estate boasts the 95-room Mercure Hotel (Newcastle Airport) and a conference centre with substantial seminar and meeting room facilities at the heart of the estate.
RAAF Base Williamtown is Australia’s primary Defence Fighter Base, home of the Wedgetail early warning squadron (AEW&C) and the Surveillance and Control SPO.
The Williamtown base will be the RAAF’s command, operations and training base for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) upon its arrival in Australia in 2018. It will also be home to two F-35 JSF squadrons and a F-35 JSF training squadron. Furthermore, BAE Systems within the Williamtown Aerospace Centre has been named as the Australian F-35 JSF maintenance hub and the F-35 JSF Pacific Hemisphere Sustainment facility.