NSW Election Watch: Education and Employment Precincts

CCA is monitoring relevant announcements by all political parties in New South Wales In the run-up to the election on 23 March 2019.

Yesterday, the NSW Premier and NSW Treasurer announced plans for the “creation of an integrated Central Coast Education and Employment Precinct around a revitalised Gosford CBD with increased education and job opportunities.”

The Central Coast Precinct is to join other employment precincts:

  • Sydney’s Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct located at Central-Eveleigh in Redfern;
  • Liverpool Health and Innovation Precinct based around Liverpool Hospital, with three universities;
  • a Nuclear Medicine and Technology Hub in Lucas Heights in Sydney’s southern suburbs;
  • Western Sydney Airport Aerospace and Defence Industries Precinct;
  • Westmead Health and Education Precinct;
  • Randwick Health and Education Precinct;
  • Williamtown Defence Aerospace and Aviation Precinct;
  • Parkes Special Activation Precinct; and
  • Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct.

Community Colleges Australia comment

A number of not-for-profit community education providers service many of the areas of the announced education and employment precincts. Both Central Coast Community College – located at the Ourimbah education campus – and TLK (Tuggerah Lakes) Community College – active in the northern part of the Central Coast – are both well-suited to assist employment and education innovations on the Central Coast.

In addition, NSW community education providers are well-positioned to assist with post-secondary education and training in the other precincts:

CCA’s research on economic development in New South Wales – both in regional and rural NSW, as well as Western Sydney – has shown a high degree of capability and capacity of the not-for-profit community education sector to assist in the state’s economic development.

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