NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet should immediately stop feeding fat cat consultants and redirect $11 million towards quality jobs in regional NSW.

That’s despite the fact regional centres are still suffering recession-like levels of unemployment.

According to the latest regional unemployment figures, Coffs Harbour has an unemployment rate of eight per cent, New England and North West 6.9 per cent, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven 6.6 per cent and the Central Coast, six per cent.

That compares with 2.3 per cent on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and 2.6 per cent in the leafy Eastern Suburbs.

“Regional NSW desperately needs more quality well paid jobs, yet Dominic Perrottet is more interested in featherbedding his consultant mates on the Northern Beaches and in the Eastern Suburbs," said Mark Morey, Secretary of Unions NSW.

“If the Treasurer is seriously arguing that there is no expertise in the public sector it reflects very poorly on him and the NSW Government as economic managers.”

“Here’s a novel idea: why not develop talent and expertise within the public sector. Even better, do it in regional NSW.

“We should be proud of our regions and invest in them accordingly. Yet the Liberals treat them like an after thought.

“Sydney’s big professional services firms don’t need $11 million. But the public sector does, especially in the regions. The NSW Government needs to put regional NSW first for a change."

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