AROUND 900 local jobs have been created by Department of Defence works at Moorebank.
Close to 35 per cent of workers on the $870 million Moorebank Units Relocation Project live within 15 kilometres of the Defence site.
The project involves the construction of new training and accommodation facilities, and the relocation of Defence facilities from Moorebank Avenue to Holsworthy Barracks.
State secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Brian Parker, said Fowler MP Chris Hayes and Werriwa MP Laurie Ferguson were the driving force behind the significant assignment of local employment.
"On average, you would be lucky to get five per cent local employment on any major building project," he said.
"But here, co-operation between the union, the developer Laing O'Rourke and local Labor MPs ensured more than a third of workers on site are locally based.
"This has not only been a boon for workers, but local businesses have also blossomed with Laing O'Rourke sourcing supplies locally where possible."
Mr Parker said the job has involved more than 2700 workers so far.
"This type of initiative is incredibly important in regions like south-western Sydney as we have high unemployment," he said.
"Laing O'Rourke have been diligent in ensuring they sourced local workers."