Google – at least its headquarters – won’t be coming to Campbelltown anytime soon.
In April, Campbelltown councillor Paul Lake suggested the global tech company relocate its HQ to council-owned land near Farrow Road, after plans to move to Carriageworks in Eveleigh fell through.
“As a council we should do as much as we can to generate jobs in the area,” he said at the time.
“This would benefit the entire Macarthur region.
“It’s up to us (the council) to convince Google that they should come out here.
“People will say ‘it’s another hair-brained idea’ or ‘why would they want to come to Campbelltown?’.
“But we should be serious about this. It is what we are trying to do – bring jobs to the area.”
Campbelltown Council general manager Lindy Deitz said the council moved quickly to try and convince the global giant to head south west.
However, at last night’s council meeting, she confirmed those attempts were unsuccessful.
“A letter was forwarded to the CEO of Google in April. The CEO rang myself and advised me Google wouldn’t be relocating to western Sydney,” she said.
Ms Deitz said despite the news, the phone call was extremely positive.
“I was gobsmacked he took the time to ring me,” she said.
“He said ‘I want to thank you very much for your letter’ and that he’d reach out if they ever thought about establishing (a HQ) in western Sydney.
“It (moving to Campbelltown) just wasn’t part of the plan yet.
“I was an incredibly positive phone call.”