Premier says Government will complete project plans
PREMIER Mike Baird has promised his Government will “stick the course” and deliver its infrastructure program for Western Sydney on time and on budget.
Acknowledging the local opposition to several key projects, including the WestConnex, the second Sydney Airport and the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum, Mr Baird said his government was determined to deliver its plans.
“While we expect some resistance and opposition, while there is a need we are determined to stick the course,” Mr Baird said.
In his annual state of the region address, the Premier told a record gathering of 600 Western Sydney business leaders all infrastructure projects announced were under way “in some way”.
The Premier foreshadowed a soon-to-be released first-year report card on the progress of the 10-year infrastructure plan for Western Sydney. He said work was under way on 7.7km of the 61km of new roads to be built around the new Sydney Airport in Badgerys Creek.
The Premier also responded to new research released by TAFE Western Sydney Institute, which revealed some businesses found it difficult finding employees with the right skills. He said one of the challenges was to ensure skills training was married up with the jobs that were being created.
Institute Director of TAFE WSI, Robin Shreeve, said thousands of jobs were going unfilled due to skills shortages. He said better collaboration was needed to “help address the misalignment of training, course funding and skills needs”.