The NSW Government today announced the outcome of the largest ever government agency leasing commitment in Western Sydney, with more than 62,000 square metres of A-Grade office accommodation to be built by Walker Corporation at 4 Parramatta Square.
The new building will accommodate at least 4,000 public service roles, including more than 1,600 Planning and Environment roles relocating directly from the Sydney CBD by 2019.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, said the development would establish a major public service base in Parramatta, providing more opportunities for those who live in the west to work closer to home.
“Western Sydney’s future is soaring, and this new development is another example of how we are delivering jobs to support a thriving population in the west,” Mr Perrottet said.
“From 2019, this new, world class office will be in an important base where more than 4,000 government employees will serve the people of NSW from the heart of Sydney’s second CBD.”
The development will bring together around 2,500 roles from the Department of Planning and Environment, the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Environment Protection Authority, creating a Western Sydney Planning and Environment “hub” and improving opportunities for these agencies to work together.
Around 1,600 Department of Finance, Services and Innovation roles already located in Western Sydney will also be co-located in the new building.
Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger, said the public sector moves could be the catalyst for a new wave of professional service firms investing in Western Sydney, provide even more jobs for the local community.
“If you are a planning, engineering or architectural firm why wouldn’t you want to be close to the decision-making and investment centre of Parramatta?” Mr Borger said.
The selection of Walker Corporation as preferred proponent followed an Expressions of Interest process and subsequent detailed tender phase. Development approval for the site has been obtained and construction work is expected to commence in March 2017.
Since 2014, the Government has announced the relocation of more than 4,200 public service roles from the CBD to Western Sydney, including more than 1,800 jobs from the Department of Education, which will be relocated to 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta in 2018.