Business chambers make pitch for tech giant HQ
GOOGLE is on the hunt for a new Australian headquarters and business chambers across western Sydney are selling their innovation precincts as “hot property” for the world’s largest tech giant.
Norwest, Parramatta, Westmead and Macquarie Park have all been tipped as potential sites for the headquarters.
Norwest Assocation representative and Mulpha general manager Tim Spencer said the smart city would be the perfect location, “because it is already a technology hub for over 800 businesses”.
“Norwest offers an organization like Google the option to purchase a whole precinct and house several thousand workers together in a purpose- designed space,” Mr Spencer told the Times.
“The established workforce there provides an instant network for knowledge sharing — companies like Google will have access to a tech-savvy talent pool in an environment that encourages
innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Hills Mayor Michelle Byrne said council would be more than happy to work with Google site location experts and the State Government to get a better understanding of business needs.
Sydney Hills Business Chamber president Nigel Rayner championed the Sydney Metro as a drawcard. But Sydney Business Chamber Western Sydney director David Borger said Google should set up shop in the “geographical heart of
“Greater Parramatta, including Westmead, has a strong economy with a core focus on health, education and research institutions,” Mr Borger said. “With the assistance of private investment and industry collaboration in the fields of biotech, med-tech, allied health and primary care, Westmead will be the leader in innovation, which makes the area an attractive place for Google.”
Riverside Business Chamber president Tony Abboud said Macquarie Park was already “the Silicon Valley of Australia”, making it the perfect location for Google. A Google Australia representative said they were unable to comment on the search for a new home.
Source: Hills Shire Times