Blue Mountains Business Park *NEW*
Government Community Partnership to Boost Local Economy
Creating jobs and strengthening the local economy will be the key outcomes for the Blue Mountains as a bright future beckons for the Blue Mountains Business Park, Lawson.
The project, funded through the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, was opened on Wednesday 1 February, last week by Senator Doug Cameron, Senator for NSW.
Completion of the project has laid the building blocks for the 22.6 hectare Lawson Industrial Estate to be a sustainable 21st century commercial site which will provide somewhere in the vicinity of 350 new jobs over the next five years.
Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean said that strengthening and diversifying the regions to ensure their long term future is a key goal for the Australian Government.
“This project has so many benefits, not least of which is the potential for 350 jobs over the next five years.
“Diversifying the economy away from a reliance on tourism and changing the demographic structure of the region by creating new opportunities for young people and families was a clear opportunity for this project.
“I congratulate Blue Mountains City Council and the local community for coming up with the plan and for seeing the project to fruition,” Mr Crean said.
At the opening of the new Business Park, Senator Cameron said the project delivers a great deal for the Blue Mountains.
“This project is well thought through and delivers on many levels.
“Apart from significant economic benefits, the storm water improvement and water sensitive design features will assist with water management which is a concern for us all, especially in a City within a World Heritage Area National Park.
“As a government, we are always looking at ways we can improve our regions. This is a clear win for the people of the Blue Mountains,” he said.
The Australian Government has invested $3.3 million in the project in partnership with Blue Mountains City Council.
Mayor, Councillor Daniel Myles, explained that the grant funded work had set the scene for a modern business park of the future, featuring clean technology businesses and infrastructure.
“The Business Park has already received recognition as a best practice commercial site, winning an award for excellence in storm water management.”
This item was posted in February 2012.
(L-R) Starr Mifsud, Lawson Chamber of Commerce; Cr Van der Kley; Karin Hartog, Director, Major Projects BMCC; Bronwen Johnston, Economic Development Program Leader, BMCC; Robert Greenwood, General Manager, BMCC; David Garner, President, BIZNET; Susan Templeman, ALP Spokesperson for Macquarie; Senator Doug Cameron, ALP Senator for NSW; and Mayor, Cr Daniel Myles