Thursday, 19 April 2018

Crakanthorp touts Newcastle as new home for Google

BY LAUREN FREEMANTLE

Newcastle MP, Tim Crakanthorp believes Newcastle is the ideal location for Google to build their next headquarters.

It comes after the tech giant's proposal to build along Sydney's old rail yards at Redfern was rejected by the state government's infrastructure committee.

It's understood the plans failed to meet a 'uniqueness test,' and have since been rubbished, meaning the search engine is on the search for a new home.

Tim Crakanthorp believes Sydney's loss could be Newcastle's gain.

"I'm saying - along with some others - hey, what about Newcastle?" he said.

He believes the city can provide plenty of space, a world-class university and a lot of young professionals which would fit in with the Google culture.

"Couldn't be a better spot," he asserted.

The MP said the next step is to go to the Federal Government to get the wheels in motion.

"It's approaching Federal Member Sharon Claydon and also Nuatali, the Lord Mayor - I've already approached her office," he said.

"We're putting together a draft letter and getting that off to Google, starting that process."



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