Search For Government Office Space Gets Underway
Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet and Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney Stuart Ayres today announced the NSW Government is starting to look for new office space that will be home to about 250 public servants in Liverpool and Penrith.
“We promised to deliver more services and employment opportunities to Western Sydney and we are getting on with the job of finding new office accommodation to relocate more than 3,000 public service jobs to the region,” Mr Perrottet said.
“As part of this plan we are now approaching the market through an expressions of interest campaign to lease around 5,000 square metres of office space in both Liverpool and Penrith centres.
“The NSW Government will not own the new office accommodation, but will be its anchor tenant.
“Through our ‘decade of decentralisation’ policy we will see at least 100,000 square metres of government office space (the equivalent of more than 14 football fields), move out of Sydney’s CBD and into regional centres by 2021.
“This strategy of decentralisation will not only help stimulate regional development, but also manage the predicted growth across the state.”
Mr Ayres said the move will be a boost for local retailers and small business owners.
“The potential for small business is enormous as the move will bring more jobs and more opportunities for people right across Sydney’s west,” he said.
“Public servants from several agencies, including Family and Community Services and Sport and Recreation, will move into the new accommodation.
“This is the first of many more moves to come that will eventually see public servants occupying around 40,000 square metres of office space in Liverpool and Penrith.”
The leasing of suitable office accommodation in Liverpool and Penrith is being managed by Government Property NSW, the state’s property agency. Public servants will relocate to new premises within the next two years as current leases approach expiry.
Although not included in the initial round, Parramatta has also been earmarked for the relocation of public service offices to Western Sydney.
Suitable agencies are encouraged to register their interest with the NSW Government’s eTendering website, www.tenders.nsw.gov.au.