New public sector jobs a boost for Coffs
COME next week, 40 full- time employees will have started new jobs in Coffs Harbour working at the Centrelink call centre and customer service centre.
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker welcomed the appointments, saying that every job created on the Coffs Coast had a flow-on effect for their families and the local economy.
"It's 40 jobs for local people, which is very much welcomed by the local community," Mr Hartsuyker said.
Shortly after Mr Hartsuyker was re-elected in 2013, he outlined his desire to bring 300 government service jobs to Coffs Harbour.
Yesterday's announcement is a long way short of that figure, but Mr Hartsuyker said people shouldn't think those 40 positions were the end of the line as far his search for further government service jobs in the region was concerned.
"I was hoping to get 300 jobs just as quickly as possible. It's still very much a goal of mine to get more jobs in the public sector being delivered in Coffs Harbour and along the north coast in the electorate of Cowper more generally," he said.
"The city of Port Macquarie has great prospects for providing very strong public sector activity there. I'd like to see greater activity along the north coast, right throughout the electorate."
The Coffs Harbour jobs were part of a nationwide recruitment drive to fill 1500 existing permanent service delivery positions within the department.
Mr Hartsuyker said he's persevering in the fight for more jobs in the region.
"I'm continuing to work to get as many jobs as I can for our local region," he said.
"Certainly if I'm re-elected as the Member for Cowper we'll continue to fight for more jobs. We're in a very tightly constrained budget situation but 40 jobs is certainly welcome news. It's a significant boost to our local economy."
What Luke Hartsuyker said in 2013.
"I've already spoken to Joe Hockey about building on the Centrelink Call Centre expansion to bring another government office to the city. I'm keen on something like the Tax Office being established and creating around 300 skilled government jobs here. There would be savings to the government and huge benefits to the region." - Front page, Coffs Coast Advocate, Wednesday September 11 2013.