Griffith is in the running to be selected as the location in which the state government will build its’ next shared services centre for TAFE.
If the centre is built in Griffith 60 new jobs would be created in the city with the positions to be filled by both local and interstate employees.
Both mayor John Dal Broi and member for Murray Austin Evans have voiced their support for the centre being based in Griffith and were busy pitching the idea to Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall on Friday.
Mr Marshall said “I’m absolutely determined to see that new center be based in rural NSW consistent with the government’s policy on decentralization.”
“There are a number of other locations that I am looking at over country New South Wales.”
The former Area News Building was among those potential sites being pitched to the assistant minister during his visit on Friday.
Mr Evans said “As far as I’m concerned this decision is a no-brainer, Griffith has the people and infrastructure needed to house this new TAFE NSW facility and is the ideal location.”
“We’ve already secured the TAFE Agribusiness Skills Point which opened earlier this year and employs 15 people in the area,” Mr Evans said.
“The TAFE Shared Service Centre will create around 60 jobs for the region, in high-skilled areas such as ICT and finance.
“There’s no reason why these jobs have to be based in the city, and that’s why this is a terrific opportunity to take more jobs to the bush and provide a huge boost to the local economy.
“When you look at the difference in Sydney compared to the regions the difference in housing costs, land costs, it’s just chalk and cheese.”
Mr Marshall said that the centre would likely result in some families moving to Griffith from interstate.
“Eighteen months ago we established a new agency called TAFE Digital based in Armidale which had about 52 new full time jobs and about 16 of those positions were recruited locally,” Mr Marshall said.
“The (remaining positions) were all people from interstate or Sydney who relocated and brought their families and now live with them.”
Mayor John Dal Broi said “we’re very keen to have 60 new positions that are not related directly to agriculture and not subject to floods or fire, they will be here twenty-four-seven and it just grows our community.”
“We have 200 lots now being prepared in Koolena some are on the market already and we have other land banks that are being developed so i’m confident that we should have enough housing options ready.”
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