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New partnership to strengthen Western Sydney’s job future

Release Date: 26/09/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber says the partnership between the University of Sydney and Westmead precinct partners is a coup for the region and will bolster Western Sydney’s most important jobs engine.
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said, “Today’s $60 million funding announcement from the University of Sydney is a serious investment for Westmead, Western Sydney’s knowledge job hub.
“Our region faces a significant jobs deficit and high value, highly skilled jobs at Westmead are critical to reducing this deficit.
“This investment will create new facilities and programs that will support the expanded expertise and educational opportunities available on the precinct, in areas like data sciences, engineering, physics, business management and the social sciences
“Westmead already provides direct health services to almost 10% of Australia’s population and produces over $1.9 billion of economic output – 1.6% of Western Sydney's economy.
“Westmead is well on the way to becoming a jobs engine for the region, but we really need to focus on creating a valuable innovation district.
We need to identify land for redevelopment, resolve critical transport and infrastructure barriers, and create an enlightened planning vision that will help attract new talented workers to the precinct.
“Investments such as this from Sydney University bolster activity in the precinct and have flow on effects for businesses in Parramatta and act as an attractor for talented students and workers,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 

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