Tuesday, 08 December 2015 13:48

WSROC welcomes jobs for West

Media release, December 8, 2015

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the announcement of 1,800 public sector jobs for Sydney’s western suburbs.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti applauded the initiative, particularly following the loss of so many jobs from Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park by the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) last month.

“The CBA’s decision to move east has created a travel burden for many its staff who reside west of Sydney Olympic Park and we know that over time the jobs will be lost from Western Sydney workers,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“The Government has thrown us an employment lifeline. 1,800 out of almost 400,000 public sector jobs in NSW provides a welcome start and we look forward to more being done in future,” he said.

“Already over 42,000 public sector employees travel between Western Sydney and Sydney East each day, the majority (around 25,000) travel from the west to jobs in the east,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This is a significant number of workers who would benefit from offices further west,” he said.

“Parramatta is Western Sydney’s biggest commercial centre, but it is merely a gateway to the greater western Sydney region. We have much to offer organisations who look further west,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Strategic centres such as Liverpool and Penrith are literally overflowing with skilled workers who would jump at the opportunity to work closer to home.

“We hope the Government will consider these centres as practical alternatives for the relocation of public sector agencies in future,” he said.

“In the age of smart work hubs and digital connectivity we can afford to be more innovative about how and where we work,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“WSROC would encourage any state government initiative that allows people to work closer to home. This may include a program allowing public sector workers to swap jobs based on their place of residence to reduce commuter travel burden,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

 

Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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