In the wake of the Struggle Street controversy, leading regional advocacy group, the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue (WSLD), has today written to Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and called on him to relocate the SBS offices from Sydney's North Shore to Western Sydney.
"SBS claims its documentary is designed to assist those living on the fringe of society. Well, if SBS is honestly concerned about the kids of Western Sydney's public housing estates then it should relocate its own jobs to the region and establish a range of film and TV internships to boost local training and employment,” WSLD Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said.
"Mt Druitt needs jobs not patronizing or degrading TV shows so SBS should put its taxpayer money where its mouth is.
“The Federal Government should sell its SBS office in leafy Artarmon and use the proceeds to establish a new premise in the multicultural west – I’m sure Blacktown Mayor, Stephen Bali, would be happy to help source some office space.”
“Maybe we could make a documentary about SBS executives battling daily with peak hour commuter trains, overcrowded public hospitals, inadequate infrastructure and the bigotry of North Shore TV types?,” Mr Brown concluded.