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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Supporting jobs in Western Sydney

Media release
25 July 2012

The Gillard Government is supporting local jobs in western Sydney with a new employment precinct receiving support under the Suburban Jobs program.

The Suburban Jobs program is a Gillard Government initiative to support employment precincts in the outer suburbs of our major cities to create local jobs, helping to reduce congestion and buildmore sustainable cities.

The University of Western Sydney will receive $13.5 million to create the Werrington Park Employment Catalyst, a comprehensive business park designed to attract businesses to western Sydney.

Sustainability Minister Tony Burke today joined western Sydney MPs, David Bradbury, Michelle Rowland and Ed Husic to announce the successful project.

“Western Sydney has struggled with the pressure of high growth for many years,” Mr Burke said.

“There simply aren’t enough local jobs and there isn’t the variety of local jobs to match the skills of residents, which means over 60 per cent of Penrith’s workforce spends hours each day commuting to and from work.

“Historically state governments have put jobs on one side of the city and houses on the other. This program is only required because planning hasn’t been as good as it could have been.”

Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, said the project would create real benefits forWestern Sydney residents.

“I am determined to ensure that our local community becomes a centre of innovation, employment and education,” Mr Bradbury said.

“This project will drive employment and innovation in the Western Sydney region, as well as provide much needed quality office space for local businesses.

“The University of Western Sydney will partner with the Penrith Business Alliance and Penrith City Council to deliver this project with a strong focus on creating high-skilled local jobs.”

Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, said the project would benefit residents in the Greenway electorate.

“We all know how hard it can be commuting hours to and from work every day,” Ms Rowland said.

“These projects will make a real difference to the lives of local residents who will have greater access to local work and more time with friends and family.”

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, welcomed the support for the Werrington Park Employment Catalyst.

“Freeing people from traffic gridlock and generating jobs closer to home is a pressing policy priority for Sydneysiders.

“The Suburban Jobs initiative is about encouraging employment opportunities in the outer suburbs of our major cities to help more Australians share in the benefits of our economic growth.”

The University of Western Sydney will receive $13.5 million to support the $29.5 million Werrington Park Employment Catalyst.

The Werrington Park Employment Catalyst will include a business incubator to foster new and innovative local businesses and provide much needed quality office space in a business park environment. The centre will become a central point for new employment in the region and act as a catalyst to seed the longer term development of a comprehensive business park in Penrith.

The Werrington Park Employment Catalyst will focus on attracting enterprises in the E-health, digital communications, and intelligent engineering sectors. These businesses will take advantage of the National Broadband Network to distribute knowledge services to local, national and global markets.

A competitive application process was conducted to select projects for funding under the Suburban Jobs program. Construction of projects will be completed by 30 June 2015.

More information about the Suburban Jobs Program is available at www.environment.gov.au/sustainability/suburbanjobs/index.html.