Thursday 19 March 2015
A re-elected Baird Government will seek to relocate at least 300 positions from the Office of Finance and Services to Gosford over the next four years, Premier Mike Baird and Central Coast Minister Rob Stokes announced today.
“This announcement is about creating a boost for jobs, growth and skills on the Central Coast following years of neglect under the former Labor government,” Mr Baird said.
“With one of the largest commuter populations in Australia, we want to increase opportunities for people to live and work on the Coast. We have heard loud and clear from residents of the Central Coast that they want greater employment opportunities closer to home. We are taking the needs of the area seriously and have concrete actions to match.”
Mr Stokes said the plan would look to bolster the existing public sector presence in the area, and was a further sign of the Baird Government’s ongoing commitment to the Coast.
“We already have an efficient, effective and motivated public sector operation in Gosford focused on worker safety and statutory insurance. Today’s announcement is an extension of a tried and true model that delivers lower costs for taxpayers whilst providing real benefits to the local economy,” Mr Stokes said.
“Unlike Labor which neglected to mention the Central Coast in its 10 year ‘infrastructure plan’, we are continuing our record investment in the region and delivering for the residents of the Coast.”
Member for Gosford, Chris Holstein said the relocation was a fantastic opportunity to get Gosford moving and to boost the Coast’s economy.
“With the Australian Tax Office also intending to move into the area, we are overseeing the transformation of the region into a hub for public services,” Mr Holstein said.
“Combined with the waterfront development, today’s news will hopefully be the catalyst to see other businesses beginning the move back to the Gosford CBD.”
The announcement follows more than 1,400 positions relocated away from the CBD under the first phase of the NSW Government’s Decade of Decentralisation Plan.
The second phase will see almost 500 jobs relocated to regional NSW, including the Central Coast.
“In addition to the relocations, over 1,800 new jobs have been created throughout regional NSW under this plan, including nearly 200 on the Central Coast,” Mr Baird said.
“These jobs are in addition to the 11,390 positions created on the Central Coast over the past four years as a result of this Government’s policies.
“As part of our commitment to regional growth, we are delivering a range of strategies that will continue to support economic growth, investment in regional infrastructure and to attract population and skills growth.”
Government Property will conduct a business case for the move and identify potential locations suitable for new accommodation. The Office of Finance and Services will work to finalise potential positions and business units suitable for relocation.
Mike Baird MP
Premier of NSW
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Western Sydney