Ed Husic: Costco shows need for M9

M9: "This project needs to go ahead to unlock business development," Chifley MP Ed Husic said. Picture: Dean Sewell
M9: "This project needs to go ahead to unlock business development," Chifley MP Ed Husic said. Picture: Dean Sewell

Megastores bringing hundreds of jobs to Marsden Park are providing the employment boom western Sydney needs, according to Ed Husic.

The Chifley MP praised the opening of Costco and IKEA at Sydney Business Park, with the stores to create 200 and 300 jobs respectively.

Mr Husic said 75 per cent of those positions would go to local residents, and the business park would generate 60,000 in the next decade.

He said the site’s success was in no small part down to the access provided by the M7, and showed how a new M9 motorway could unlock more jobs in the area.

“The M7 has allowed the Sydney Business Park, where Costco and IKEA are located, to operate,” he said.

“There are a lot of other firms, too, that are taking advantage of well-placed infrastructure.

“The other big infrastructure project is the M9.”

Mr Husic criticised the state government for stalling on buidling the project.

“The last newsletter for the M9 corridor on the Transport for NSW project planning page is dated 2015,” he said. “We need this investment in this motorway now.”