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Westmead Redevelopment to Grow Jobs in Sydney’s West

Release Date: 15/06/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber says the almost $100 million to be spent on the Westmead Redevelopment in next week’s State Budget is money well spent on Western Sydney’s most important jobs engine.
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said, “The Westmead Redevelopment will transform the Westmead precinct (the Precinct), by bolstering the hub for biomedical, scientific and healthcare focused collaboration.
“Ongoing investment in Westmead will provide the foundation for knowledge jobs in Western Sydney and greater Sydney.
“Our region faces a significant jobs deficit and high value, highly skilled jobs at Westmead is critical to reducing this deficit.
“Now is the time to plan for the future, key decision makers are beginning to understand how important the Precinct is to shifting the jobs deficit in Western Sydney.
“The Precinct has a full time workforce of over 17,000 and this is expected to more than double to 25,000 by 2036.
“The addition of up to 1000 construction jobs generated for the Westmead Redevelopment will also bolster activity in the Precinct and have flow on effects for businesses in Parramatta.
“But to really make the Precinct work, it needs significant transport solutions like better road and rail access. People don't want to work in isolated suburban campuses anymore and there is no room for more cars.
“At the very least, the Precinct needs light rail access to connect it with the rest of the region. We know the Parramatta Light Rail team are looking to connect Westmead to Parramatta, but a direct route from the Parramatta would supercharge the Precinct.
“The Chamber is currently working with ten other groups in the Precinct to examine the economic opportunities to position Westmead as a globally renowned precinct in industry innovation.
“The initial findings demonstrate the value of the Precinct and the problems that may arise if coordinated planning is not a priority.

“Westmead is well on the way to becoming a jobs engine for the region, but we really need to make sure we create a connected and revitalised precinct, Westmead needs to become an urban place with world class facilities,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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