Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:57

Hubs must be supported by rail

Media release, 9 February 2016 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed today’s announcement of new employment hubs in Sydney’s West but insists that rail connections are essential for attracting and retaining key investors.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “We need to make the most of these opportunities by ensuring that the north-south rail line is built sooner rather than later.”

“West Hoxton and Wetherill Park are just the latest investments along the corridor of opportunity stretching from the Hawkesbury to Campbelltown in the South,” he said.

“Rail, supporting both freight and commuter transit would have a multiplier effect on jobs and accelerate investment in the region, by offering increased certainty and operational efficiencies for business seeking to invest in Western Sydney,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Connectivity is a key issue for business owners moving west. It is key for operations and logistics as well as for attracting quality employees,” he said.

“As we observed recently, in the case of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, poor public transport connections can have a significant impact on whether or not a major employer chooses to invest and stay in the region,” Cllr Hadchiti.

“We want the state government to learn from that mistake and ensure that future employment hubs are well serviced by rail connections,” he said.

“As Minister Stokes points out, Sydney is growing and we need to ensure we are constantly working to improve congestion from freight and commuter transit,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We cannot do what we have done in the past and expect a different outcome. Transport needs to come first; jobs and housing will follow,” he said.

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