As a Casey resident, how important is it to you to have job opportunities available close to home?

about 8 years ago

Consultation has concluded

  • Payal over 7 years ago
    This sure is a very thoughtful consideration.It's very important for Casey residents to have more job opportunities close to their homes.It will enable them to minimize their stress of traveling to farther distances for going out to work.
  • daniel over 7 years ago
    How about adding in a small professional/business precinct to the bazillion residential lots being built in Cranbourne South. Given the sea or mass of shoe box size lots being approved and built in the area with a mass influx of people every week for whom no equivalent amount/rate of jobs are also being created in the area, and so little work being done in terms of roadworks/fixes its only going to make the traffic congestion and squeezing onto a train a nightmare given that everyone will have to travel at least half n hour/full hour to get anywhere for work. And I don’t mean adding in factory zones which are just going to make the area look like a slum and have such thoughts of Dandenong associated with the entire South East of Melbourne
    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator over 7 years ago
      Thanks for your comments, Daniel. Council’s long-term aim is to create a job for all working residents within 10 kilometres of where they live. Although large employment areas, such as the 350 hectares zoned at Cranbourne West will be critical in being able to achieve this, smaller pockets of employment uses particularly around activity centres on new estates will have an important role to play. The Council is a lead agency in the Selandra Community Place project in Clyde North which opens its doors on 18 March. The community place is aimed at providing local employment within the Selandra Rise estate to allow residents the opportunity to work locally or even from home. The Council has also made an application for funding from the Federal Government’s, Suburban Jobs Fund, to develop plans for a ‘business incubator’ in Casey. This would assist in developing new employment opportunities for local people by allowing up to 50 local, home based or start up businesses the chance to move in to serviced office accommodation. While being located in the incubator the businesses would receive mentoring and other support services to help them grow their businesses and create new employment opportunities. To further stimulate opportunities for more localised employment the Council together with Cardinia Shire and Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee commissioned a report by consultants aimed at bringing new business investment into the Casey-Cardinia region to increase employment in the region. Both Councils will be working together to achieve this over the next few years.Thank you for you interest in this subject.
      • daniel over 7 years ago
        They sound like great things that ‘could’ happen but essentially wont. Even so, the Selendra community place project ‘may’ benefit what 50 people out of a shire consisting of 250,000 people and 119 are added to the shire every single week… On the new residential estates going up there is very little to no commercial possibilities in all but a very select one or two, in any case even these are unlikely to be capable of employing every abled person within the estate. I can easily foresee that the only people with jobs will soon be those building more houses to bring in even more people to the area and the shire will end up looking terrible with a negative stigma due to the unemployment to go along with it.As for the commissioned report by consultants, may I ask how much this cost taxpayers? Furthermore is it not realised that every shire does this, and hence is a self defeating purpose with only the exception of the consultants who’s wallets grow thicker as a result? If the council is serious about employment opportunities then I’d love to actually see some commercial development. The section of shops along South Gippsland Hwy (just south of Thompsons Rd) in recent years was great to see, yet at most would employ 250 people which would probably have only been enough for a fortnights worth of new people moving to the shire…Clearly the amount of new people moving into the area due to the sheer volume of residential estates being flogged in the area is rapidly outstripping the amount of employment growth occuring.
  • raykeefe over 7 years ago
    As part of the process of reducing fossil fuel use, we should also be looking at options for minimising travel. This also means promoting either workign locally or working from home. This has multiple benefits:- less pollutions- less wasted time- reduced stress- healthier environment- more flexible work hoursThe NBN will be one enabling factor but there are also negatives to working from home which is why local opportunities for employment are also important. I am a big believer in local manufacture of niche and speciality products. Currently 29% of Australian jobs depnd on local manufacture (see http://www.successful.com.au/blog/2012/02/17/australian-manufacturing-jobs/ for how this is calculated). And this can be done locally. However the comment about professional offices also applies to the small amount of land used for commercial applications. These tend to be warehouses with 3 car parks and are not suitable for either manufacturing or knowledge based work as they lack the parking to support it.
  • Sarah B over 7 years ago
    Working close to home and reducing travel time is something that has the potential to very positively affect the well-being of Casey residents. The flow on effects of this will be innumerable. A focus on the relocalisation of relevant businesses within communities means that money is kept within those communities, increasing their level of resilience and enhancing local identity. I think that refocusing on working locally is vital for Australia's future.
  • Paul. C. over 7 years ago
    Very important as other readers have pointed out the benefits of working close to home, the council should consult the state government about investing more in employment opportunities in the suburbs. Based on feedback from people I know who work in or near the city, the problem lies within the financial carrot dangled in front of the naive to work in the city. For 10-20k salary increases people are flocking into the city areas with many workers taking to the freeways resulting in 1-2 hour journeys each way. Working near or in the city just isn't worth it, because of the wear n tear on the car, and TIME lost which is lost forever. Add up all the time lost to the average motorist who joins the queue and it would equal 1-2 weeks per year, do this for several years and you've lost months off your life sitting in traffic instead of spending time with family, relaxing, or socialising.
  • sal almost 7 years ago
    With the amount of increase in this years rates casey should have a job for everyone who wants to work serious guys how do you justfiy these increases what am I to expect this year thats any diffrent to last year ???????????
  • K*B over 6 years ago
    I agree with Daniel about there needing to be a business precinct in this area.I have two young children and my husband works normal office hours in the CBD, taking the train, and on weekdays the kids only get to see him for half an hour, if that. He just can't find the same type of work (IT) out here. It's frustrating.
    • daniel over 6 years ago
      Thats right KB, we desperately need something other than just factory and residential construction jobs available out in the South East. With the amount of time spent sitting in traffic on the Monash, or still waiting at the train station for cancelled or delayed trains thats only getting worse thanks to a government and council that is all talk and no action, perhaps they should be focusing on a large business precinct that will attract large multinational companies of various fields that employ hundreds of workers in varying specialised fields, as opposed to being content with the addition of 10 or so local retail shops on a road corner that may employ 30 or so individuals that dont need to travel all the way into the city to find employment for their specialised field.