BAIRD FAILS WESTERN SYDNEY ON JOBS PROMISE

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Premier Mike Baird has failed to deliver on the Liberal Government’s promise to move public service jobs to Western Sydney centres including Penrith, Liverpool and Parramatta. 

Not one of the seven public service departments or agencies earmarked for relocation by the Liberals has actually moved. 

Almost two years ago former Premier Barry O’Farrell promised 3000 public servants would be relocated to Western Sydney centres.

The Government claims to have moved 1012 jobs from east to west, yet they can’t detail where and from which agencies. They refuse to provide any evidence for this number. The only clear evidence is that none of the seven agencies promised to move west, have moved.

Today’s announcement made on the run to move education staff to Parramatta joins a growing list of empty promises and commitment to move jobs out of Sydney’s CBD. 

The Liberals have already pledged to move the NSW Community Relations Commission, divisions within Family and Community Services, the Ambulance Service of NSW, NSW Sport and Recreation, the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Environmental Protection Agency, NSW Office of State Revenue and Service NSW. 

In truth the Government is moving jobs back into the CBD – including the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing which moved back to Castlereagh Street after just 18 months at Parramatta. Half the staff at the Government's lead planning agency, Urban Growth NSW, have been moved out of Parramatta to Sydney's CBD and Newcastle.

The Government’s failure to deliver on their Western Sydney jobs promise follows confirmation recently the Commonwealth Bank will move 8,500 jobs back to the city as part of a deal brokered by the Government’s own department – Urban Growth NSW. 

Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition Luke Foley

“Any new promise that Mike Baird makes on jobs should be taken with a grain of salt.

“The Liberals have promised to shift seven different government agencies west over the last two years and the reality is that none of them actually have moved.

“Today, making another announcement on the run, the education department gets added to that list.

“This Government’s major contribution to jobs in Western Sydney has been to drive 8,500 banking and finance jobs out of Sydney Olympic Park, Lidcombe and Parramatta back to the city.

“It’s astonishing that Mike Baird has let a deal go through that will strip 25 per cent of all jobs from the Olympic Park precinct and send them to Redfern.”