Jobs shift to the west falls short

LIVERPOOL will receive only 270 of the 3000 state government jobs promised for western Sydney.

Premier Barry O'Farrell announced recently that the jobs would be moved from Sydney's CBD to Parramatta, Penrith and Liverpool, but did not release a breakdown of how many jobs would go where.

Menai MP Melanie Gibbons, a Liberal, confirmed the numbers this week and said she was not disappointed by the figure because the government had started a decade-long process of decentralisation.

"This is just stage one of the process and we will be receiving more jobs in the near future," Ms Gibbons said.

A spokesman for Mr O'Farrell said the Community Relations Commission and divisions within the Family and Community Services would move from Sydney's CBD and Ashfield to Liverpool.

Liverpool's Labor MP Paul Lynch said it appeared the government had already ditched far more jobs in Liverpool than it was now talking about relocating.

"They've already got rid of 400 jobs in Business Link and they're planning to get rid of the remaining 400," Mr Lynch said.

"This means their recent announcement looks quite inadequate."

"Business Link is a shared service arm providing back-of-office services (human resources, IT, finance) to what were Housing NSW, DOCS and others under the previous Labor government.

"Under the previous government it had about 800 jobs. It was the equivalent of having three government departmental head offices in Liverpool. These have been slashed by the state government and will be completely removed."

Ms Gibbons said she could not comment on Mr Lynch's figures because she wasn't sure where they came from.

"The jobs which were announced will provide an injection of funds into the Liverpool economy and there will be more."


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