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March 20, 2019

Nearly 200 jobs will be added to the Wollongong economy as NSW Labor re-affirms its pledge to relocate Liquor and Gaming NSW to Wollongong from Sydney CBD.


Moving Liquor and Gaming NSW to Wollongong will require a new commercial lease providing an anchor tenant opportunity for commercial development in Wollongong.


The existing State Office Block at 84 Crown Street, Wollongong, is fully leased to the NSW Government.  The State Office Block was built by a Labor Government in 1988.


It is estimated that up to 20% of the jobs at Liquor and Gaming NSW will be new job opportunities for potential local workers as a result of the relocation.


The relocation of non-operational staff in Liquor and Gaming NSW had previously been targeted by the Berejiklian Government for Parramatta.  Since 31 December 2018, 1788 public sector positions have been moved to Parramatta.


The commitment to move Liquor and Gaming NSW jobs to Wollongong was first announced during the Wollongong by-election in November 2016 and is part of a suite of initiatives in NSW Labor’s fully costed $225 million Illawarra Jobs Action Plan.


Comments attributable to Paul Scully MP:


“If we are elected to form the next government on NSW on Saturday, NSW Labor will invest in public sector jobs and relocate Liquor and Gaming NSW to Wollongong.


“Up to 200 jobs will added to the Wollongong economy as a result.


“That means up to 200 extra pay packets in well-paying public sector jobs will be on the way to Wollongong.


“Up to 20% of jobs will be open to local workers as a consequence of the relocation because not all current Liquor and Gaming NSW employees will want to relocate to Wollongong.


“This is also a fantastic opportunity for the commercial building developments in Wollongong to secure a long-term anchor tenant.


“Labor in government at state and federal level has a record of investing in public sector jobs and services in the third largest city in NSW.

“This commitment builds on the record.


“The Liberals have had an opportunity for two years to match this commitment but they have chosen instead to relocate these jobs to Parramatta.


20 March 2019