Hive of in­dus­try to grow

NEW ES­TATES PROM­ISE TO DE­LIVER ON WEST’S NEED FOR JOBS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee Will the es­tate be a pos­i­tive for the area? @the­druitt

ERSK­INE Park will be the home of thou­sands of new jobs with a $218 mil­lion 24hour in­dus­trial es­tate to be built next year, pend­ing ap­proval from the State Gov­ern­ment.

The Oak­dale South In­dus­trial Es­tate on 117ha of va­cant land on Mil­ner Ave, is a joint ven­ture of Good­man Property Man­age­ment and Brick­works Lim­ited. The project is part of Oak­dale Es­tate, which in­cludes the al­ready-built Oak­dale Cen­tral (in Hors­ley Park) and Oak­dale East and West es­tates, which are ex­pected to be built over the next 10 years.

If ap­proved, the Ersk­ine Park site will likely house a num­ber of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. As part of the Western Sydney Em­ploy­ment Area, Oak­dale South will gen­er­ate be­tween 1500 and 2000 jobs ini­tially, with up to 7000 jobs when the en­tire es­tate is op­er­a­tional.

The es­tate will be a re­gional ware­hous­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion hub for Western Sydney, cov­er­ing al­most 400,000sq m and will op­er­ate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A Good­man spokesman said the project would bring a huge boost to the area.

“(The site) will cre­ate a high-qual­ity ware­house and lo­gis­tics es­tate re­sult­ing in both con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tional jobs for the re­gion,” he said. The com­pany will also con­trib­ute $20 mil­lion to up­grad­ing sur­round­ing roads, in­clud­ing Old Wall­grove Rd, the spokesman said.

Mul­goa state Lib­eral MP Tanya Davies said she wel­comed the es­tate.

“This de­vel­op­ment will pro­vide the sort of em­ploy- ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that our grow­ing re­gion re­quires,” she said. “The NSW Gov­ern­ment is work­ing hard to ac­cel­er­ate the de­liv­ery of more jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

View the En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment at www.ma­jor­pro­jects. plan­ning.nsw.gov.au.

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