Vi­sion to raise lo­cal econ­omy

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

There is great po­ten­tial for the skills ex­change model to go to other pro­jects in the west

Robin Shreeve

MT DRUITT and St Marys would get a huge eco­nomic boost, in­clud­ing more jobs, un­der Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s Smart Cities vi­sion.

Mr Turn­bull re­cently an­nounced the pol­icy, that all Aus­tralians liv­ing in a city should be within 30 min­utes of work, recre­ation, shop­ping and ed­u­ca­tion.

In Mt Druitt and St Marys, the key to this ob­jec­tive is ed­u­ca­tion and stronger in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal coun­cils and TAFE Western Syd­ney di­rec­tor Robin Shreeve.

Eco­nomics firm Deloitte has put to­gether a large team with the goal of cre­at­ing 200,000 jobs in Western Syd­ney in com­ing years.

Mr Shreeve, a cham­pion of the Deloitte plan, said TAFE cam­puses in Mt Druitt and Kingswood al­lowed young peo­ple to gain skills that make lo­cal em­ploy­ment pos­si­ble.

He said TAFE had a skills ex­change at Baranga­roo in Syd­ney deal with the huge con­struc­tion project and he hoped Badgerys Creek air­port will get one as well.

An­other area he nom­i­nated for growth was tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity op­tions.

Mt Druitt, Nir­imba and Hawkes­bury TAFEs are all equipped to of­fer tourism and cook­ing cour­ses and even zookeep­ing.

Mr Shreeve said with an air­port and a new Western Syd­ney zoo on the hori­zon, th­ese cre­ated job op­por­tu­ni­ties near home for Mt Druitt and St Marys res­i­dents.

For some, the re­cent Fed­eral Bud­get was a let-down as it did not in­clude enough in­fra­struc­ture planning and build­ing fund­ing for Western Syd­ney.

Western Syd­ney Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils pres­i­dent Coun­cil­lor Tony Had­chiti said there should have been com­mit­ment to scop­ing trans­port op­tions across the re­gion, in­clud­ing north-south rail links that ran through St Marys.

“Such links are es­sen­tial if we are to build up our re­gional cen­tres, at­tract in­vest­ment and boost jobs growth – al­low­ing the 30minute ideal to be­come a re­al­ity for Western Syd­ney res­i­dents,” Cr Had­chiti said.

Pen­rith Coun­cil has high­lighted the north-south rail link as a pri­or­ity trans­port op­tion, and $5 bil­lion each year was needed for the re­gion to catch up in terms of in­fra­struc­ture to make Smart Cities a re­al­ity in Western Syd­ney.

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