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Parramatta infrastructure trifecta will boost jobs for Western Sydney

Release Date: 25/11/2014
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber says the Rebuilding NSW: State Infrastructure Strategy has made a good start on addressing the infrastructure issues of Western Sydney.
“Should the Government be re-elected in March and proceed with the ‘poles and wires’ lease, the State Infrastructure Strategy will provide a winning trifecta of critical infrastructure for Parramatta. Light rail, stadium improvements and a new arts precinct will supercharge urban renewal efforts for Sydney’s second CBD.
“Western Sydney residents suffer from a jobs deficit; there are 200,000 people who need to travel outside the region each day to access work. The NSW Government needs to start somewhere to close this gap and it has chosen Parramatta as the first step to unlocking the employment opportunities in the West.
“Now it is time to revise the Metro Strategy figures, we need to be able achieve greater employment numbers in Parramatta to benefit all of Western Sydney.
“We applaud the Government on its decision to reserve $1 billion to build the first leg of the Parramatta Light Rail network. Light rail will create opportunities to deliver new employment and housing precincts, as well as provide better transport access for people who work in the CBD. 
“The centrepiece of the Parramatta cultural precinct should be the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum. Western Sydney deserves its own flagship cultural institution; it should be housed in a new iconic building in Parramatta, it’s important the entire collection from the Museum is housed in Western Sydney.
“The sport initiative will also benefit the region. While we await a cost benefit analysis to see how the funds will be allocated between Parramatta and ANZ stadiums, we know that investment in either stadium will generate opportunities for the Western Sydney visitor economy, with resultant jobs and ongoing economic benefits for the region.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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