The NSW Liberal National Government has rejected a plan for a Silicon Valley-style technology hub in Redfern which means Google is once again searching for a place to call home in Australia.
The proposal was rejected by Berejiklian’s cabinet infrastructure committee, as the proposal did not meet a “uniqueness test”.
Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park has said they should come and have a look at the Illawarra and bring the thousands of jobs to the region.
The hub, hoped to be based in Redfern, was anticipated to create up to 19,000 jobs. It is understood that Google are assessin a number of options and the Shadow Minister for the Illawarra is urging Google to consider the Illawarra as a potential location.
Google would be able to reap the benefits of the close proximity to a world class University with high ranking IT graduates.
With employment growth in the region stagnant and youth unemployment at higher than state average levels, Mr Park said the creation of so many jobs would be welcomed and the boost to the economy would be significant.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park:
“If the State Government doesn’t want the jobs, we will certainly have them here in our region.
“Google is a tech giant and if they were to base themselves in our region that would be a significant turning point for us. As we move to grow the technology and innovation sectors, what better way than to entice big players to the region.
“Job prospects and industry growth continues to be a concern for many locals not only for themselves but future generations. This would be a big win for our region.
“We need to attract new Industry to our region, it is important that we consider our future.
“Rather than focussing on a jail in our region, the motivation should be on bringing Google to the Illawarra.