The Federal Government has announced 50 new jobs to be based in Coffs Harbour as part of the decentralisation of the public service.
Making the first announcement on Triple M on Friday morning, Luke Hartsuyker said that up to 50 jobs will be relocated to the city.
"We've got the Maritime Safety Authority relocating 50 jobs to Coffs Harbour, these aren't basic jobs, these are career job in the Australian public service"
Bringing opportunity for many with government jobs in our city, it means that families will use our schools, our shops and be part of our community.
"It's a testament to Coffs Harbour, not only a great place to live, but a great place to do business and run government departments".
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was also in COffs Harbour to share the news, saying that it means more money flowing into local shops.
“Our decentralisation agenda is delivering jobs to the regions and this means more money flowing into local shops and small businesses”, Mr McCormack said.
“AMSA provides a frontline service for Australia’s maritime industry. Last time I looked there weren’t too many boats or ships in Canberra, so it makes it sense to have services such as this based in the regions, where they are needed most.”
Up to 50 jobs will be established in a new office in Coffs Harbour and three jobs at a new office in Airlie Beach.
“The new Coffs Harbour office – to be operational within a year with up to 40 staff initially – is intended to provide a regional headquarters for AMSA and fill a gap in its regional network”, Mr McCormack said.
Senator Bridget McKenzie, who is the first Minister for Decentralisation in Australia’s history, said the Liberal and Nationals Government is firmly committed to growing our regions to boost jobs and economic growth.
“We want the benefits of decentralisation to be felt across a range of regions and communities and today’s announcement is a major step toward achieving that plan,” Senator McKenzie said.
The early morning press conference at the Jetty Foreshore didn't go quite to plan after a handful of Stop Adani protesters attempted to hijack the announcement.