The State Government is refusing to say how many public sector jobs have been relocated to the Illawarra since 2011 as part of its policy on decentralising departments and agencies, despite providing details in the past, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.
“The faceless Minister for the Illawarra, John Ajaka, is clearly embarrassed that he hasn’t delivered any major relocation of government departments and agencies to the Illawarra region.
“In December last year, he indicated that only seven positions had been relocated from NSW Fisheries from Cronulla to Wollongong and another 31 to Nowra.
“In response to my Question on Notice received on 20 November 2014, the Minister is now simply refusing to answer my question at all.
“So far, the State Government’s record on relocating departments and agencies to the Illawarra stands only 38 positions.
“This is despite the State Government setting itself a target of relocating 1500 public sector jobs from metropolitan Sydney to regional NSW by 2021.
“The State Government hasn’t even moved further to build new accommodation for an Illawarra-based Emergency Services headquarters initially promised in its first budget in 2012”, she said.
Ms Watson said that the former State Labor Government had relocated nearly 1000 public sector jobs to the Illawarra by locating Pillar Superannuation at Wollongong (600 jobs) and the Department of Local Government to Nowra (300 jobs).
25 November 2014