Parliament shift a boost for jobs
A SUGGESTION to shift the State Parliament headquarters to western Sydney has triggered fresh debate on the future of Blacktown.
Last week, commissioner Lucy Turnbull said NSW Parliament could be moved to Parramatta by 2025 as part of a bold Greater Sydney Commission vision to create a three-city metropolis.
In 2014, Blacktown Council unanimously adopted Cr Stephen Bali’s proposal to relocate Parliament from Macquarie St in Sydney’s CBD to Warrick Lane, Blacktown.
Despite Parramatta being the suggested location, Mayor Bali thanked Mrs Turnbull for “taking up his idea to move Parliament House to western Sydney”.
Cr Bali said a State Parliament move could create 50-60,000 new jobs.
“If we want jobs in western Sydney, Parliament is the generator,” Cr Bali said.
“It won’t just be parliamentarians and their immediate staff who would be working in western Sydney but also the staff for corporate headquarters, courts and financial houses.”