The Illawarra still has only 38 public sector job relocations six years into the Baird Government’s decade of decentralisation policy while the rest of NSW has taken over half of the 1500 public sector job relocations target, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson said today.

“What’s clear from the State Government’s own figures is that the Illawarra is being left behind as public sector job relocations are targeted at other parts of the state.

“In the last six years, the Government has confirmed that only 38 public sector jobs have been relocated to the Illawarra.

“In the last seven months, not a single public sector job has been relocated to the region.

“However, the Government has conceded that “over half of the 1500 target positions have already been relocated or identified for relocation” to other parts of the state.

“This is simply not good enough.

“The last Labor Government relocated 900 public sector jobs to the Illawarra in two tranches.

“600 jobs were relocated to the region when Pillar Superannuation was placed at Coniston, which this Government is now planning to sell-off.

“A further 300 jobs were created in Nowra when we relocated the Department of Local Government.

“This Government in six years has managed to relocate only 38 public sector jobs to the Illawarra and it seems there are no plans to increase the number.

“Other regions in the state are doing well and benefiting from public sector relocations, but the Illawarra is being left behind”, Ms Watson said.


30 March 2016