Job cuts would boost Valley: MP

A PLAN by the NSW Opposition to slash thousands of public sector jobs if it wins government at the next election would be good news for the Clarence Valley, according to Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell.

Mr Cansdell said the plan, in which many government agencies would forced to move out of Sydney and into regional areas, could mean more employment throughout the Valley.

"I have no concern about the job cuts, I'm sure we won't lose out," he said.

"I can see only positives to come from this.

"Sydney is top heavy with bureaucrats and it will be able to handle the loss and I think we will see an increase in public sector jobs in the Clarence."

Released on Wednesday by the NSW Coalition, the plan would call for government agencies and departments to justify why they should not be relocated to regional areas.

Under the plan payroll tax would also be cut, a two-year public sector hiring freeze implemented and the number of government departments reduced to nine.

Opposition leader John Brogden said health, education, police, corrective services, emergency services, transport, community services and juvenile justice would be quarantined from the hiring freeze to ensure effective service delivery.

Shadow Minister for the North Coast Don Page said regional centres would enjoy many benefits.

"The benefits to regional areas from public sector jobs are greater than for Sydney and in many cases the agency client base is not in Syd- ney at all, but in the regional centres," he said.

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