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Move the jobs to the people - WSROC

Media Release December 4, 2012

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has called on both State and Federal Governments to act urgently to ensure more new jobs are created in Western Sydney, as the State of Australian Cities report reveals that long commuting times are harming productivity.


WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti said many people in Western Sydney had to travel over an hour – sometimes two – each way to and from their place of work and this was unsustainable.

“Already congestion costs our economy $4.6 billion a year and this is expected to rise to $8 billion by 2020,” he said.

“These long commuting times place a heavy burden on our lifestyles and our health,” he said. “Families suffer because there is less time to spend together and diet is sacrificed in favour of quick convenience foods.”

“The solution must be to put the jobs where the people are.

“Western Sydney currently has a jobs deficit of 182,000 – that is the number of people who have to leave the region each day to go to work.

“With the population projected to increase by another 1 million people over the next 20 years, the jobs deficit will increase to 290,000.

“We do not have the infrastructure to enable all these people to travel to the CBD for work – so the jobs will have to come to them.”

He said the issue of where to build new housing also had to be urgently addressed.

“Clearly people need to live close to their place of work,” he said.

“For this reason we need to pay just as much attention to creating jobs near the new land release areas as we do to promoting urban infill,” he said.



Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

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