In a huge win for the city, new jobs have been secured with the announcement of a TAFE NSW Shared Service Centre to be built right here in Griffith.
The announcement, made by Member for Murray Austin Evans and Minister for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall, is not hinged on a coalition government being in power in 2019.
The new centre will create 60 new jobs for the region in highly-skilled areas such as ICT and finance, and is set to boost the city's economy in a time of uncertain agricultural viability.
Mr Marshall said the result was a "fantastic" one for Griffith, thanks to Mr Evans being "first off the mark" in advocating for the city. He said Griffith "made sense" for the base.
"At the end of the day, 60 new jobs in Sydney is not a big deal, but being from a regional area myself I understand how this will make a hugely positive impact here in Griffith," Mr Marshall said.
Mayor John Dal Broi said this was an amazing step which will see Griffith take off even further, especially in conjunction with Griffith being the agriculture SkillsPoint head quarters for TAFE.
"This is a great center to have in Griffith, because it is attracting and hiring skilled workers in the area and bringing them here, the flow on effects will greatly benefit our community," Cr Dal Broi said.
"It's wonderful that these jobs are not related to primary production. They don't rely on water allocations or the weather and that means they are jobs that will be permanent fixtures for Griffith."
Mr Evans said he fought hard for Griffith, and this win built upon last year's opening of the agriculture SkillsPoint, meaning 75 new jobs have been created in total.
"I've been fighting hard for Griffith to secure this win. Last year I convinced the Minister to visit and review potential locations, and drill in the message that it makes perfect sense," Mr Evans said.
It is expected the new Shared Service Centre will be operational in 2021.
"We are undertaking a landmark expansion of TAFE across regional NSW and I'm delighted that the benefits are not only extending to student through more training opportunities but also flowing to local communities through jobs creation," Mr Marshall said.
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