Suburban Jobs Program
In the last two weeks in February 2014 the Project Managers from each of the Suburban Jobs projects in the City of Melton, University of Western Sydney, City of Playford, visited each site.
City of Melton - Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence project
City of Melton will receive $14.6 million towards the $21 million Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence (Western BACE) project, which will be built 19 kilometres west of Melbourne in the City of Melton’s developing Toolern Precinct.
City of Playford - Stretton Centre
The City of Playford will receive $11.3 million for the $16.6 million Stretton Centre, an employment research and development facility to be located within the Playford Alive project area. Playford Alive is a long term initiative which commenced in 2008 and is regenerating the Playford area.
University of Western Sydney - Werrington Park Corporate Centre
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) will receive $13.5 million to support the development of the $29.5 million Werrington Park Corporate Centre in Penrith. The centre will create a focal point for new employment and new industry sectors in the region and trigger the longer term development of a comprehensive business park in Penrith.
About the Program
The $45 million Suburban Jobs Program was announced as a measure under the Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities Strategy in 2011. Grants under the program will support the implementation of projects from 2012-13 to 2014-15.
The objective of the Suburban Jobs Program is to support state and local governments to plan and provide for increased local employment opportunities in the suburbs of Australia’s major capital cities that are subject to growth pressures.
The strain of traffic congestion and long distances to work can take a toll on people’s financial situations, personal health, family relations and workplace productivity. In many cases, residents of outer suburbs spend several hours each week commuting for work. This time spent commuting means there is less time for social, learning or family activities.
The Australian Government recognises that well planned and delivered local employment precincts will assist communities to be more sustainable in the long term by providing local employment opportunities for the diverse skills and aspirations of residents, improving the quality of public spaces, increasing the outputs of the local economy, and fostering a vibrant sense of place for residents.
Attracting and retaining jobs closer to where people live will also help to reduce the environmental impacts of our suburbs - by encouraging people to walk or ride to work, reducing traffic congestion on the road, and taking advantage of new technologies to design healthy, productive workspaces.