WESTERN Sydney needs jobs.
The biggest challenge facing the western Sydney economy is jobs.
We have a jobs deficit of 200,000. That's 200,000 people who have to leave western Sydney each and every day to travel to their place of employment.
That's why our motorways, buses and trains are straining to support our city. It's only expected to get worse by 2036 when it will be more than 300,000 people leaving the region for work.
The solution is obvious we need to bring the jobs to western Sydney; we need them close to where over four million people are expected to call home by the middle of the century.
But zoning areas, as "employment zones" is not enough to bring the jobs. We need catalysts to drive investment and enterprise.
That's why the Sydney Business Chamber has been such a vocal advocate of a western Sydney airport. An analysis done for the Chamber by Deloitte Access Economics shows an airport would generate close to 30,000 jobs in the heart of western Sydney.
If we are serious about improving our work-life balance and providing opportunities to create new businesses and new jobs, we need to support the development of our airport.
■ 64.2 per cent of residents in the Parramatta LGA live in the area but work outside of it.
■ Parramatta’s night economy grew by 6.2 per cent from 2009 to 2011, with restaurants and cafes accounting for 59 per cent of all the city’s night time sales.
■ 20 per cent of employed people aged 15 and over in Holroyd LGA work as professionals, 18.7 per cent are clerical and administrative workers.
■ In the Holroyd LGA, the personal median weekly income for people aged 15 and over is $517.