A Foley Labor Government will move the public sector agency, Liquor and Gaming NSW, to Wollongong as part of a $200 million plan to boost jobs and stimulate economic growth in the region. 

Moving the 200 Liquor and Gaming NSW jobs from Sydney’s CBD to Wollongong would pump an estimated $16 million of salaries into the local economy each year and provide a catalyst for private sector investment.

The plan was one of a number to emerge from the community cabinet Labor held in the city last month.

The pledge forms a central plank in Labor’s Illawarra Jobs Action Plan unveiled today by Labor Leader Luke Foley, Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park and Labor’s candidate Paul Scully.

Today’s announcement builds on Labor’s plan to ensure the steel industry remains a part of the region’s future by ensuring public infrastructure projects use a minimum 90 per cent Australian-made steel.

Labor’s Illawarra Jobs Action Plan also includes the following measures: 

  • Connect the Illawarra to the fast-growing regions of southwest and Western Sydney by investing $50 million in an upgrade to the Appin Road to facilitate the safer movement of freight and commuters between the two regions;
  • Speed up rail freight between Port Kembla and southwestern Sydney by investing $50 million in foundation capital to aid the private sector construction of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link;
  • Build a new interchange at Masters and Springhill Roads at a cost of $40 million to free up congested traffic at this busy junction;
  • Upgrade the WIN Entertainment and Convention Centre at a cost of $50 million, thereby securing 280 jobs and $12 million in regional economic benefit;
  • Investing $5 million to the Mt Keira Summit Park to guarantee the destination’s place as a premier tourist attraction;
  • Provide $5 million in funding to build a centre at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus that will provide business with access to the technology and expertise to test their ideas;  

Quotes attributable NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Labor’s commitment to the Illawarra is lasting and profound. We will back the Illawarra to the hilt.

“We have a plan for Wollongong and the Illawarra so that it will continue to be a great place to live and work.

“I will restore the position of Minister for the Illawarra and each term I will deliver a state of the region address that builds on this plan ensuring that the region will be a focus for a government I lead.

“This by-election is the opportunity for a fresh start for Wollongong and the Illawarra. Paul Scully is part of that fresh start as Labor looks to the region’s future.”

Quotes attributable Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park

“This package of announcements will ensure that our region is well placed to benefit from the economic opportunities that investment in job-generating infrastructure truly delivers.

“These initiatives are all about retaining and growing jobs in the region and in turn ensure our economy continues to grow into the future.

“These are all well-developed proposals that have been raised and supported by the community and they will be part of the fully-costed range of initiatives we take to the 2019 election.

“Our economic future is strongly linked to southwestern and western Sydney and this announcement includes specific projects to enhance that critical economic link.”

Quotes attributable to Labor candidate for Wollongong Paul Scully

“Labor listened to what you had to say in the community cabinet meetings and we have added new elements to our plan for the Illawarra and this great city.

“Every young person in Wollongong should expect a decent job when they finish their education so that they have a choice about where they want to live their life.

“Labor’s Jobs Action Plan is a roadmap to a more prosperous future for Wollongong and the Illawarra and I am proud to put my name to it.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson

“This is a fantastic Jobs Action Plan for the Illawarra.

“I’m very proud to add my strong support to all of the initiatives, which will create local jobs and a great future for the Illawarra.”