Foundations Laid for Western Sydney Jobs Boom
The NSW Government’s plan to relocate thousands of new jobs to Western Sydney has reached another milestone, with work commencing on a new development in Parramatta to house 1,800 Department of Education staff, previously located in Sydney’s CBD.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet today attended the official start of construction, saying the Department of Education’s move to the purpose-built 25,000 square metre development at 105 Phillip Street will reduce the Government’s CBD footprint and provide more opportunities for people to work closer to home.
“Some of our biggest departments are moving their headquarters out of the CBD and soon Parramatta will be brimming with nearly 2,000 more public servants,” Mr Perrottet said.
Dexus Property Group and Built will deliver an innovative, world-class development for the Department of Education that will feature an expansive communal rooftop terrace with an outdoor dining area and sports court.
“This project is a prime example of the public and private sectors working effectively together to deliver a first-class, custom-built accommodation solution that enables staff to better serve the people of NSW, while also delivering the best value for taxpayers,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The move will also deliver a huge boost to the local economy and provide even more employment opportunities for people in Western Sydney over the long term.”
Parramatta’s economic growth rate is expected to double by 2021, resulting in 22,000 additional jobs and a further 41,000 residents.
Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee, has welcomed the construction of the new building expected to be completed by 2018.
“This is a fantastic milestone for Parramatta and another example of the NSW Government delivering on its commitments,” Mr Lee said.
“The relocation of Department of Education staff is a demonstration that confidence in Parramatta is at an all-time high.”
Since 2011 the Government has relocated more than 1,200 public sector roles out of Sydney’s CBD to Western Sydney.
Further public sector jobs are also earmarked for the region, with Property NSW currently leading a search to deliver up to 62,000 square metres of A-Grade office accommodation – the largest ever government agency leasing commitment in Western Sydney.