The state government has revealed plans to deliver the biggest ever government agency leasing commitment in western Sydney.
A number of candidates have been shortlisted to submit proposals for up to 62,000 square metres of new A-grade offices in western Sydney.
Of the 4000 public service roles, 1700 would be relocated from the CBD.
“Western Sydney is the beating heart of the NSW economy, and this government is laying the foundations for a boom in jobs and economic growth to match the booming population,” finance, service and property minister Dominic Perrottet said.
“In terms of establishing a major public-service base in the west, this leasing search is on an unprecedented scale, and will deliver more jobs closer to where people live, and a major stimulus for the local economy.”
Sydney Business Chamber western Sydney director David Borger described the news as an incredible economic catalyst for the region.
“It makes sense to locate these agencies in Western Sydney given it is the heart of metropolitan Sydney,” Mr Borger said.
“This investment will supercharge the development of professional services and the retail economy.”
The state government first revealed plans to take public sector jobs to western Sydney last year. It includes the creation of a Western Sydney Planning and Environment “hub”, consolidating around 2500 roles from the Department of Planning and Environment, the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Environment Protection Authority.
Around 1600 Department of Finance, Services and Innovation roles will also be accommodated as part of the leasing search, with room for further relocations.
The state government received a strong response in the initial expressions of interest stage with 28 proposals lodged.
Shortlisted proponents will be invited to participate in a detailed tender phase. The successful proponent is expected to be announced by the end of the year.
The state government has announced the relocation of more than 4200 public service roles from the CBD to Western Sydney in the last two years. That includes more than 1800 Department of Education jobs which will be relocated to Parramatta from 2018.