The ranks of Australian workers are growing. We could be the fastest growing jobs market in the world, surpassing Canada, the United States and Britain.
It’s why we’re celebrating our City of Sydney.
Rural workers dominate the city, particularly in retirement and businesses.
But it’s not just about working. We’re lucky to have more than 600 trade union and community groups in our city, combining strong links in health, sport, sport, recreation and community.
A recent Insiders survey revealed more than 80% of the city’s top 50 workplaces and 87% of its highest valued jobs are unionised.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, members of unions have more influence in rural jobs than in urban jobs.
A key reason why is the City of Sydney is home to nearly half of Australia’s mountain ranges, windmill farms and dams.
More than 70% of our waterways are covered by water, and 90% of Sydney’s population is on the water.
It’s these factors that make the City of Sydney one of the world’s most livable cities.
The population grew at an average of two to three percentage points per year for decades — compared to the rest of the country, NSW Government figures show.
The population was also growing faster than average. At the same time as productivity rose, the city began to dominate the pace of economic growth.
All of this has fuelled the birth of Australia’s fastest growing industry: telecommunications.
Wireless networks have created over 600,000 jobs since 2000, with the sector expected to deliver $43 billion in revenues by 2020.
Outsourcing is also growing in the City of Sydney. Attracted by steady pay and job security, more than 55,000 Australians use technology to save money and improve their health.
Growing efficiencies in telecommunications, financial and insurance has generated more than 80,000 new jobs.
And telecommunications has always gone hand in hand with transport — mobile phones are operating their own motorised trains in London, buses in Madrid and jets in Dubai.
It’s not just about cost; too often, it’s the lack of communication and understanding that slows the growth of areas such as telecommunications that benefit the City of Sydney.
After all, while smartphones and smart devices drive advances in communications, they also fuel disruptions like construction and demolition.
It’s time we hit the pause button on the growth.
Any app that helps tourism bosses achieve their objectives by encouraging creative opportunities and expelling violent crime would be welcomed with open arms by our City of Sydney.
Instead of engaging with technology to benefit businesses and residents, we need to work with technology to ensure our city’s vibrant traditions are embraced for their potential.
Our City of Sydney is a vibrant place — and we deserve it.
Allen Hatherly is the acting secretary for Western Sydney.