Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten toured Sydney Business Park yesterday with Chifley MP Ed Husic for a firsthand look at the exciting local job prospects unfolding at the Marsden Park development.
Mr Shorten and Mr Husic yesterday visited the Business Park under construction on a 256 hectare site off Richmond Road.
It is envisaged the Business Park will provide 17,000 jobs when the three stage project reaches completion.
“There's nothing more important for a growing region like northwest Sydney than jobs,” said Mr Shorten.
"This region isn't competing with the rest of Sydney, it's competing with the rest of the world and a project like this will firmly put it on the map".
"I was hugely impressed with what Ed and Sydney Business Park showed me yesterday.
“This is an area with higher than average unemployment, particularly amongst our youth and a project such as the Sydney Business Park will provide a shot in the arm for jobs and the local economy,” Mr Shorten said.
Mr Husic says he appreciated the chance for Mr Shorten to visit the site.
“It was great that Bill Shorten could see the way Sydney Business Park is actively working with a range of groups to get young people in our area job-ready for the employment boom that this park will deliver," Mr Husic said.
"Bill walked away clearly impressed by the scale of the project and the massive job potential that is present here."
“Businesses such as IKEA, who will have a presence at the Sydney Business Park have already committed to sourcing the bulk of their workforce from our area,” Mr Husic added.
One of the Sydney Business Park Charters is to promote local employment, drawing staff from the neighbouring suburbs of Bidwill, Hassall Grove, Willmot and Shalvey.
“It's been really exciting to work closely with developers that are committed to making a difference in our area.
“The local job generation is already bearing fruit, with Bill Shorten and I meeting staff from the Marist Youth Care Café operating on the Sydney Business Park site. We were served a mean coffee by the hospitality trainees there.
“The only setback we’ve faced has been delivered by the Abbott Government – which cut almost $1m funding to Marist Youth Care. This funding would have been drawn upon to help at risk youth.
“Marist Youth Care will now be forced to make massive savings and changes to the way it works – so that it keeps helping local youth get work.
“The Abbott Government talks a lot about getting young unemployed working, but it’s been massively unhelpful to those groups trying to do just that,” said Mr Husic.