More jobs have been created in Western Sydney in the last two years than in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania combined.
Since 2011, 142,000 jobs have sprung up in Western Sydney – about 40 per cent of the 361,000 jobs created in NSW during that period.
That employment boom, coupled with record investment in infrastructure, means the future of Sydney’s west has never been brighter, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
Ms Berejiklian provided a snapshot of her government’s commitment to the west during her State of the Region address at Rosehill Racecourse on Wednesday.
Road and transport projects, including WestConnex, Parramatta light rail and Badgerys Creek airport, are examples of our investment shaping the future.Gladys Berejiklian, Premier
She pointed to road and transport projects, including WestConnex, Parramatta light rail and Badgerys Creek airport, as examples of government investment shaping the future of the region.
“Over the next four years, the government will invest more than $22 billion on major projects to tackle congestion, connect communities and improve services across the region,” she said.
The Berejiklian government is also set to launch its Western Sydney Visitor Economic Action Plan to bring “a more strategic and co-ordinated approach” to tourism in the west.
“The transformation of Western Sydney is about communities and residents first, no doubt about that. But it’s also a chance to showcase this region for Australian and international tourists.
“The visitor economy currently generates more than $4 billion a year to western Sydney but it has the potential to play a much bigger role in the future. The time is right for government and business to work together to help more people experience this incredible region.”
But Western Sydney Business Connection general manager Amanda Brisot said there’s still work to be done. A “pressing” shortage in the labour market is forcing more than 300,000 residents to travel out of western Sydney each day for work.
If Western Sydney doesn’t put strategies in place to develop the labour market and ensure the talent stays in the area we’ll never realise the benefits of this once-in-a-generation boom.Amanda Brisot, Western Sydney Business Connection
Ms Brisot said it wasn’t just the number of jobs created that was important but the type of jobs available for local workers. “While we’re definitely experiencing employment growth we need to see a dramatic increase in knowledge jobs to ensure and uplift the socio-economic conditions within the region,” she said.
“If Western Sydney doesn’t put strategies in place to develop the labour market and ensure that the talent resides in the area we’ll never fully realise the benefits of this once-in-a-generation investment boom.”