It is a good time to be a Sydney labour hire candidate with the city currently experiencing a major infrastructure renaissance of sorts. The most recent New South Wales budget includes a $6.4 billion investment over six major infrastructure projects. The Transport for NSW website lists the ‘big six’:
• $4 billion for construction of the 36km North West Rail Link, with the first tunnel boring machines due in the ground next year;
• $782 million for the 11.4km South West Rail Link between Glenfield and Leppington, due for completion in 2016 but currently running six months ahead of schedule;
• $423 million for a 12km light rail line connecting Circular Quay and Central via George Street, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick which will allow the removal of up to 220 buses an hour that clog the city’s streets;
• $885 million for the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor*, which will improve freight access, take 200,000 trucks off the road each year, and improve the reliability of commuter services from the Central Coast, inner west and northern Sydney;
• $224 million for Wynyard Walk, a vital pedestrian link under the city to link up to 20,000 public transport commuters an hour with Barangaroo; and,
• $76 million for the Inner West Light Rail Extension, a 5.6 kilometre new line from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill with nine new stops, due to open next year.
But one project missing from the ‘big six’ list is the revitalisation of the Darling Harbour precinct. Sydneysiders will be pleased to note that the dated and under-utilised area on the city’s western fringe is the subject of a major renewal project.
The NSW Government has partnered with private enterprise to create the country’s largest convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities in a totally renewed Darling Harbour.
The Darling Harbour renewal works bode well for Sydney construction recruitment firms, the local population and visitors to the harbour city. In fact, the renewal of the general area has already started. The Darling Quarter precinct on Darling Harbour’s eastern side is now home to a thriving commercial community thanks to CommBank decamping to the area recently. And the Darling Quarter Luminous interactive light installation is drawing crowds of curious locals and tourists.
But back on the western side of Darling Harbour, there is plenty of work to be done which is good news for the Sydney construction jobs market. The renewal works will involve improving public spaces and creating a space that extends the energy and vibrancy of Chinatown into Darling Harbour proper.
All on all, locals, tourists and, of course, labour hire firms like ours will welcome a revamped Darling Harbour.