PREMIER Mike Baird was in Hoxton Park this week for the opening of the new Masters Home Improvement Centre.
He was joined at the official opening by Menai MP Melanie Gibbons, Camden MP Chris Patterson, Masters' managing director of home improvement Matt Tyson, Masters' director Melinda Smith and Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun.
Mr Baird said he was delighted to welcome Masters' latest investment in western Sydney and the hundreds of new jobs that would be created by the store, particularly for young people.
"Employers like Masters are vital in helping the NSW government realise its goal to provide more jobs close to where people live," Mr Baird said.
Ms Gibbons said it was fantastic to see large organisations investing in the local area.
"Masters employed 300 people during the construction phase and now have more than 130 staff," Ms Gibbons said.
Masters has 48 stores around Australia and the Hoxton Park store recently employed the organisation's 6000th employee.
During his visit Mr Baird presented the worker with a saw.
While in Liverpool, Mr Baird also visited Chipping Norton Public School to launch the 2014 Premier's sporting Challenge (pictured bottom left).
He was again joined by MP Melanie Gibbons, and former NRL player Joe Galuvao, Australian netballer Susan Pratley and Paralympic rower Erik Horrie.
Mr Baird said he hoped the challenge would make the almost 300,000 students who were participating realise that playing sport or exercising was fun, promoted teamwork, was good for their health and improved learning in the classroom.
"The challenge is all about introducing our school-aged children to the habit of regular exercise, which is a habit we hope they carry through to their adult lives," Mr Baird said.
"Students are asked to log any physical activity they undertake over a 10-week period."