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Education Move Brings Jobs to Western Sydney

Release Date: 10/12/2015

The Sydney Business Chamber has backed the decision to relocate the NSW Government Department of Education to Parramatta.
The Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger said, “This decision will restore confidence in Parramatta’s CBD at a time when there is unprecedented infrastructure investment.
“The move will help underwrite a wave of new office towers that will attract private investment.
“Parramatta is the most successful example of government office decentralisation in Australia.
“Right now there are 23 separate government offices operating in Parramatta, there is value in decentralising public sector employment so government can be more connected.
“This announcement couldn’t come at a better time. In the next ten years the Parramatta population will grow by an additional 40,000, and half of these people will live in the city centre.
“A genuine government presence in Western Sydney acts as an attractor for more businesses; it helps everyone from the barista to the barrister.
“To date, there hasn’t been enough local activity to reduce the jobs deficit of 200,000 people who leave town each day to work.
“This goes a long way to positioning Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.
“Our region faces an enormous jobs deficit and we need new jobs to reduce this deficit. The relocation of the Department of Education will go a long way to creating the impetus for other businesses to move to Western Sydney,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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