WORKING ON A PLAN
COMMUNITY LEADERS PUSH TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT BOOM
WITH youth unemployment in Mt Druitt among the highest in the state, community leaders are pushing for it to be a key focus in a five-year plan to create 200,000 new jobs in Western Sydney.
More than 300 business and community leaders, led by Deloitte Western Sydney managing partner Danny Rezek, are developing a blueprint to boost jobs and they want State Government support.
Pointing to the area’s high youth unemployment (13.3 per cent in July), Evocca vocational place- ment officer Dell Froio says funding cuts that are stripping the area of youth and community service workers “need to stop”.
The blueprint, to be released in November, will call for a focus on investing in specific industries, including health, manufacturing, food, education and tourism.
It is an ambition welcomed by Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla who hopes the area can become the business hub for the automotive trades.
However, he fears it could be jeopardised if cuts to TAFE, including the Mt Druitt campus, continue.
MT DRUITT community leaders have called for a focus on youth unemployment to form part of the fiveyear plan to create 200,000 new jobs in Western Sydney.
More than 300 business and community leaders, led by Deloitte Western Sydney managing partner Danny Rezek, are developing a blueprint to turbocharge jobs growth in the fast-growing region and they are pushing for the Baird Government’s support.
“It’s an ambitious jobs target but it’s important we tap into Western Sydney’s huge growth potential now,” Mr Rezek said.
The unemployment rate in the Blacktown local government area, which covers Mt Druitt, stood at 7.1 per cent and youth unemployment at 13.3 per cent in July – one of the highest in the state.
Evocca vocational placement officer Dell Froio said it was time to build up and inspire the next generation by putting funding back into providing youth and community service workers.
Deloitte partner Theo Psychogios said business and governments should focus on identifying and fostering export-focused industries that complemented Western Sydney’s strengths.
The blueprint, to be re- leased in November, will call for a focus on investing in specific industries, including health, advanced manufacturing, food and tourism.
Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla welcomed the push for more jobs in Western Sydney.
“I would like to see Mt Druitt become a business hub for the automotive repair trades,” Mr Atalla said.
“However this is not being helped by decisions like the one to remove the Automotive Trades School from Mt Druitt TAFE. Western Sydney is ready to boom and removing trades-skill education is nonsensical.”