Thousands of public servants to be moved to western Sydney
From abc.net.au Fri 21 Mar 2014
More than 3,000 New South Wales public servants will be relocated to new offices in Sydney’s west and south-west.
The Community Relations Commission and divisions within the Department of Family and Community Services will move from the CBD and Ashfield to Liverpool.
The Ambulance Service of NSW will relocated from Rozelle to North Parramatta.
The Office of Environment and Heritage and the Office of State Revenue will be co-located in Parramatta.
Sport and Recreation is moving from Olympic Park to Penrith.
Premier Barry O’Farrell says the changes will ensure that public servants are based in the communities they serve and also boost the region’s economy.
“It’s sensible to support business districts in western Sydney,” he said.
“This is about giving people the option of working closer to home but importantly it’s also about ensuring that public servants are making decisions about services in areas where those services are relied upon,” he said.
“We absolutely believe that local decisions are the best decisions because people have to live with the results of them.”
The union representing Government workers, the Public Sector Association (PSA), says it was not consulted about the decision.
PSA general secretary Anne Gardiner says the Government should be more transparent.
“The first we heard was today in the media so it’s a hard for us to have a particularly positive view when we don’t know how the decision was made,” she said.
“We haven’t seen a business case for any of the decisions and we don’t know what impact that’s going to have on individual staff and the services they provide.
“We’re hoping that the Government will start to consult with us because clearly it’s going to have an impact on individuals and it’s going to have a disproportionate impact on women with carers’ responsibilities.
“We’d like to think that there’s going to be some sort of flexibililty in assisting those members who are going to find the move difficult.”