Business: Giant dream

David Matthews

David Matthews

Greater Western Sydney Giants chief executive David Matthews, recently-appointed vice-president of the Sydney Business Chamber's Western Sydney committee, talks about what makes western Sydney a great place to live and do business.

Western Sydney is one of the most important regions of Australia and the Greater Western Sydney Giants want to play an increasing advocacy role to highlight the opportunities and needs of its communities.

The Giants and the AFL are actively investing in the region, creating jobs and connecting with local communities and these connections continue to grow.

We have an obligation to be a community leader and advance the interests of western Sydney.

The announcement of second airport at Badgerys Creek was welcome but we know more needs to be done to improve transport links in the region.

This includes public transport to alleviate congestion on our roads and make the West an even more attractive destination to live and do business.

We need to continue to develop Sydney Olympic Park as a vibrant sports and entertainment precinct.

Transport is vital to the fan experience at our homeground Spotless Stadium and WestConnex will make a significant improvement.

The decision by the NSW government to relocate public-service jobs to the west is to be applauded as is the decentralisation of jobs by large companies such as Commonwealth Bank which now has thousands of employees at Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park.

We would also like to see more big events in western Sydney — these are good for the local economy and help build a sense of community.

The Giants are proud to be part of this region and we want to play our part to make it even greater and enrich the lives of everyone here.

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