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Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils

Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly

 

MEDIA RELEASE - South West Sydney Wants its Fair Share of Jobs!

 

4 February 2009

A total of 106,800 jobs need to be created in South West Sydney by 2031 if the region is to meet the employment needs of it’s planned 295,000 new residents.

This is one of the major findings of a report prepared on behalf of MACROC.

The report, “Employment Prospects for South West Sydney”, by planning consultants Hill PDA, also highlighted the need for building further regional cooperation, a sustainable economic development policy to attract new business, and greater support from State and Federal Governments to help the region gain these jobs.

MACROC President, Cr Anoulack Chanthivong, believes that the area should aspire to a higher job target than the one set by the State Government’s Draft South West Sydney Subregional Strategy because the South West region has skilled labour, is well connected to major transport links, has affordable land and provides for a high quality lifestyle.

“In order to meet the employment target, we need Federal and State government support through the provision of necessary infrastructure such as a high speed train service, improved cross regional transport links and relocation of government services to the region.  Assistance in the form of industry relocation packages should also be considered if our region is to gain a higher and fairer share of job growth in line with the increase in population.”

“We have a strong manufacturing base which we will be challenged to preserve in the future in the face of strong competition from overseas, but there is likely to be relatively stronger population-induced growth in white collar service jobs, such as retailing, business services, education and health.”

“We want our residents of the future to have access to a wide range of sustainable employment opportunities within the region.  Residents who live in the Macarthur area should also have access to employment opportunities in the area. ”

“MACROC is committed to strengthening regional co-ordination among South West Sydney Councils to enable us to collaboratively promote the region to prospective investors and collectively plan for major regional projects such as bulky goods retailing and a new Business Park in the South West.”

“The Hill PDA report confirms that the region is on the brink of rapid growth and that as a region we must work together with the Federal and State Government to ensure that population growth is accompanied by a fair share of job growth,” Cr Chanthivong said. 

A summary of the Hill PDA report can be downloaded from the MACROC website at www.macroc.nsw.gov.au


ENDS


Media Contact:

Anoulack Chanthivong
President

Mobile: 0412 413 377


 

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