Premier says Gov­ern­ment will com­plete pro­ject plans

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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”.

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