Each time a commuter jumps on a train or drives out of our region for the day the Central Coast looses a mind, a wallet, a carer and a thinker.
On the other hand the wages, sales and experience that our commuters brings back to the Coast keeps their households going.
Of course, the ideal situation is a locally based workplace that offers the high wage, interesting work s and lucrative contracts of the city.
There are some lucky people that achieve this perfect balance and they are some of the happiest professionals I meet.
The reverse is also true. While almost approx 40,000 locals commute each day most of them would rather work closer to home if they could maintain their pay level. Many indeed would be happy to take a pay cut.
As a region we have; some of the lower household incomes in NSW, a low employment participation rate, the highest rates of relationship break up and low high education attainment rates.
Education and employment are key to the success of any region and the very best way of increasing household incomes is to promote and assist the development of stable permanent employment in profitable, future focused industries.
To grow such industries we need a future focused & skilled workforce. That is why I am calling for our own University and TAFE, not an offshoot of a far flung university and TAFE. Our own institutions would work with local industries to grow both investment and employment.
To grow future industries we need world class internet, super fast, reliable, stable and affordable. That is why I continue to advocate for Gigabit Internet access on the Central Coast. I’m also advocating to upgrade the NBN for many of us that missed the world class fibre optic cable roll-out.
To grow future industries we must value our natural advantages and assets. That is why I am we must defend and improve our truly unique natural and cultural environment. Our high quality water and air make us increasingly attractive for food production, tourism, health, entertainment and service industries.
Local industries need our support more than we generally acknowledge. A person or group of people with a good local idea that fits the local future industries profile should be encouraged as far as possible. Buy their products, spread their good news and congratulate them when they win.