Sunday, 12 July 2009

Region. NSW housing budget blown out

The NSW housing budget is blowing out as motels in Western Sydney increasingly become half-way houses for homeless families, according to ABC News. The NSW Government said its temporary accommodation budget had blown out by more than $9 million this year as it pays for an extra 643 people each month to stay in motels or caravan parks. The latest census data shows a 17 per cent increase in the number of homeless families between 2001 and 2006, but Western Sydney charities said the global financial crisis had already put those figures out of date. Mission Australia had recently built 16 townhouses in Sydney's west specifically designed to accommodate families.

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Yennora. State-of-the-art facility open

Logistics company, Schenker Australia, has opened a state-of-the-art logistics hub, at Yennora, strategically located on the rail line spur connecting it to the main Sydney-to-Melbourne and Sydney-to-Brisbane railway and Port Botany. The facility consists of two buildings with 20,000 square meters and 12,000 square meters respectively joined by a 3800 square meters breezeway. When fully developed, the new warehouse and distribution centre will provide a link between the economies of rural and regional Australia and the global economy.


Sydney Olympic Park. Decision secures future

The decision by the NSW Government to include Sydney Olympic Park on the proposed West Metro line would help secure the future of Sydney Olympic Park as an important events precinct and a centre for jobs and homes, said Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO, Alan Marsh. ‘Sydney Olympic Park is home to around 100 organisations and 8500 workers, and over the past two years alone more than $276 million of developments have been a approved. “The draft master plan 2030 will see Sydney Olympic Park maintain its position as Australia’s premier major events precinct and grow to accommodate 28,500 workers, 14,000 residents, 5000 students and more than 15,000 daily visitors,” Mr Marsh said. Sydney Olympic Park hosts around 5,000 events a year