Dialogue Year in Review

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue takes a look back on what’s been a busy 12 months for the region in its annual re-cap of 2018 – a year highlighted by the Western Sydney Aerotropolis sparking a wave of activity and investment, a number of major tourism, education, health, arts and sports projects announced, and the population vs infrastructure debate emerging as a major policy focus.

Education & Skills

Education was a major theme in 2018, with Western Sydney benefiting from a tertiary sector keen to leverage the region’s young, growing, and aspirational population, and the NSW Government recognising the need for more, and better equipped schools to support this growth.

Early in the year, Western Sydney University (WSU) announced the site for its new Bankstown CBD Campus, adjacent to Paul Keating Park and bookended by Canterbury-Bankstown Council and the Bryan Brown Theatre, with the site expected to spark the revitalisation of the city centre.

The Bankstown campus follows on the opening of its newest campus, ‘Ngara Ngura’ at Liverpool, accommodating up to 2500 students with a focus on nursing, social work, anthropology, criminology and policing. WSU also announced another new 15-storey campus in the Parramatta CBD, in partnership with the University of NSW, which will house undergraduate engineering, architecture and business programs.

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, &  WSU Vice-Chancellor and President Prof. Barney Glover

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, &
WSU Vice-Chancellor and President Prof. Barney Glover

Both UNSW Sydney and WSU, along with the University of Wollongong and University of Newcastle, were announced as part of a new ‘Multiversity’ campus at the aerotropolis, which will specialise in STEM.

Over at Westmead, Sydney University’s plans for a new integrated campus at the Old Cumberland Hospital site, also created plenty of excitement when it was announced by the NSW Premier, with the $500m project helping build skills and knowledge in the areas of advanced manufacturing, data and artificial intelligence.

Education was a major focus at the Dialogue’s ‘Out There’ Summit, sponsored by Schools Infrastructure NSW, and featuring Minister Rob Stokes as the keynote speaker and Dialogue Patron, Professor Peter Shergold, delivering the annual Lachlan Macquarie Lecture.

In the NSW Budget, the State Government announced that it will spend $6b to deliver new schools and upgrade existing ones over the next four years, with the bulk of these works taking place in Western Sydney.

And after years of behind-the-scenes build-up,work finally commenced on Sydney Science Park, the 280ha site, and northern gateway to the Western Sydney Airport. Upon completion, the $5b project is expected to deliver more than 12,000 smart jobs, educate 10,000 students and provide over 3,000 homes. It will house NSW’s first STEM school, a K-12 landmark projects developed in partnership with Catholic Education.

The Dialogue campaigned for reform to TAFE funding through 2018, with calls for vocational students to receive access to the same Federal scheme that finances university students. TAFE also welcomed a new Managing Director this year, Caralee McLiesh.

Breaking ground at the Sydney Science Park with Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres and John Vassallo, CEO of Celestino

Breaking ground at the Sydney Science Park with Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres and John Vassallo, CEO of Celestino

Transport

The signing of the Western Sydney City Deal, an historic agreement between locals councils and state and federal government, was a major win, and off the back of this announcement, delivered $7b towards a North-South rail line that links the region’s growth areas via the Western Sydney Airport.

Interest in and around the Aerotropolis picked up pace, with a number of MOUs signed with international corporate heavyweights such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), along with Sydney Markets, who have all signalled their intent to establish a presence within the precinct.

Master-planning for the Aerotropolis, ongoing investment attraction and implementation of the City Deal, will be driven by the newly established Western City and Aerotropolis Authority, headed by former NSW Health Infrastructure CEO, Sam Sangster, with Greater Sydney Commission’s Geoff Roberts as Interim Chair.

Western Sydney’s other major transport project, the Metro West, linking Westmead to the CBD, also received $3b in State funding, with the business case for what NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance refers to as the “state’s most important transport project”, expected to be finalised in early 2019. Federal Labor has offered another $3b for the “steal spine” project and the Dialogue has called on the Morrison Government to match or exceed this.

WestConnex continues its development and was purchased by Transurban this year, and the new M4 East Tunnel will open next year. There is continued political controversy over the South West Metro line to Bankstown with Labor and Liberals differing in their views. The Dialogue supports the line strongly but wants the money restored to the urban amenity package.

Sam sangster (Health infrastructure NSW) & sue-anne redmond (Western Sydney Local Health District) presented with the award for project of the year: health category winner at boomtown 2018

Sam sangster (Health infrastructure NSW) & sue-anne redmond (Western Sydney Local Health District) presented with the award for project of the year: health category winner at boomtown 2018

Health

Western Sydney’s health precincts continued to build momentum, particularly in Liverpool, which received $720m funding from the State Government to develop a new state-of-the-art health research and education precinct at Liverpool Hospital.

The investment builds on the area’s already impressive health and research assets and has the potential to double the number of local jobs by 2036.

The redevelopment of Westmead Hospital, which celebrated its 40th birthday, continued to progress, while a new Dialysis Centre, aimed at reducing the risk of diabetes, was opened by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at Mt Druitt as part of Stage 2 of the $700m redevelopment of Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals.

Campbelltown Hospital’s $630m Stage 2 redevelopment was also ongoing and formed the centre-piece in Council’s new plans for a world-class health and education precinct, anchored by the university, hospital, TAFE and research facilities. However, the City Deal failed to deliver the expected $20m to extend the Ingham Institute to Campbelltown, with its smart jobs in medical research, and the Dialogue will continue to campaign for it in the Federal and State election campaigns.

Artist’s impression of the redevelopment of olympic park

Artist’s impression of the redevelopment of olympic park

Arts, Sport, Tourism

The Powerhouse Museum move from Ultimo to Parramatta was finally confirmed and is expected to open by 2023. Located on the banks of Parramatta River, and opposite Riverside Theatres, the $645m facility will also include a 30m-wide domed planetarium, the largest of its kind in Australia.

The opening of the Inglis Stables and Hotel facility at Warwick Farm has made a huge impact on local tourism, and was the big winner of the Dialogue’s Project of the Year awards at Boomtown in November. The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW is currently finalising its Cabinet submission to fund the redevelopment of its Sydney Showgrounds to provide Western Sydney with its own convention and exhibition centre at Olympic Park.

However, “stadium wars” continue across the region. While the old Parramatta Stadium will open at the Bankwest Stadium in April, neither side of politics has fully committed to a proper rectangularisation of ANZ Stadium or an expansion of Spotless Stadium at Olympic Park.

Western Sydney performing arts centre

Western Sydney performing arts centre

Not far away at Rooty Hill, the vision for the Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art, privately funded $100m facility, at West HQ, was released to the public. Dubbed the ‘Opera House of the West’ the 2000-seat theatre will be able to house large-scale musicals, ballet and opera companies, and symphony orchestras, and is expected to attract some of the world’s headline acts when it opens in 2019.

Western Sydney will soon have two teams in the A-league, with the Macarthur South-West bid, led by Campbelltown Council, beating off a competitive field to secure one of two new licences. The Macarthur South-West team will enter the A-League competition in 2020 and play out of Campbelltown Stadium.

future forum: community infrastructure, held on 1 November

future forum: community infrastructure, held on 1 November

Community

The Dialogue continued to raise awareness about key social issues and initiatives in 2018. It partnered with the Western Sydney Community Forum to launch its Building Beyond Bricks campaign aimed at promoting the importance of investment in social services, not just public infrastructure.

It also hosted a Future Forum, which included speakers from local and state government, and private enterprise, who discussed how we can best plan and fund community infrastructure.

Later in the year, the Dialogue was announced as a formal partner of the Kimberwalli Centre, based at the old Whalan High School site (formerly known as the Aboriginal Centre for Excellence) which is expected to facilitate a range of opportunities for Indigenous youth when it opens its doors next year.

Mayor Chagai presented with the Pemulwuy Prize by Christopher Brown, Chairman of the Dialogue & Stuart Ayres, Minister for Western Sydney

Mayor Chagai presented with the Pemulwuy Prize by Christopher Brown, Chairman of the Dialogue & Stuart Ayres, Minister for Western Sydney

The Dialogue continued its support of Savannah Pride, operating from the PCYC centre at Blacktown and providing young people with an outlet for young South Sudanese teenagers that is focussed as much on education, as it is basketball.

As part of its thought-leadership series, the Dialogue launched its discussion paper, Putting Domestic and Family Violence on the Agenda, outlining a number of recommendations aimed at helping reduce the incidence of domestic violence. (Sydney Morning Herald article here.)

The Dialogue has received positive support from a number of key stakeholder groups keen to ensure the issue remains a priority for our community, business and political leaders heading into 2019 — and it will be the focus of our first Future Forum in early 2019.

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Governance

In the face of growing conversation about how we prepare for the region’s growing population, the Dialogue (WSLD), in partnership with the Sydney Business Chamber, launched a new report paper aimed at stimulating discussion about how the region’s growth is governed.

The discussion paper – Governance Reform for Growth: Ideas on how we can best plan, finance, build and govern the growth centres of Greater Western Sydney – was launched at the Western Sydney University’s vertical campus in the Parramatta CBD, in front of leaders in government, the private sector and community, and put forward a number of options for consideration, particularly on issues around local government reform.

Off the back of this report, the Dialogue advocated for a number of its recommendations, including the appointment of a Co-ordinator General for major growth precincts such as the Aerotropolis, and Greater Parramatta Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) Corridor - similar to the governance model in the Western City.

Sydney Business Chambers' David Borger and population provocateur Dick Smith ac with Dr Andy Marks (WSU) at the 2018 Out There Summit

Sydney Business Chambers' David Borger and population provocateur Dick Smith ac with Dr Andy Marks (WSU) at the 2018 Out There Summit

Events

The Dialogue’s annual Out There Summit returned for a third year and explored the role education and health play in the development of our growth centres, and also tackled issues such as postcode discrimination, regional reputation and how to prepare for Western Sydney's population explosion, featuring a debate between Sydney Business Chamber’s David Borger and entrepreneur Dick Smith.

The annual Pemulwuy Prize was awarded to Mayor Chagai for his role in helping reshape the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged youth in Blacktown, through his Savannah Pride basketball program. In a moving, and humble acceptance speech, Mayor dedicated the award to the countless people who helped him on his long journey from the war in South Sudan to Australia.

The Dialogue’s other major event, its Property and Infrastructure Summit BOOMTOWN!, once again brought "the west to town" and with it, regional influencers across community, business and government to talk all things development, property, finance and infrastructure.

Hon. Mike Baird at the Dialogue's Inaugural Pre-Boomtown Dinner

Hon. Mike Baird at the Dialogue's Inaugural Pre-Boomtown Dinner

This year we explored the opportunities that catalytic projects like Sydney Metro West and the world's newest Airport at Badgerys Creek could have on urban renewal, liveability and economic development as well as the critical role innovative partnerships play in helping to drive positive social, economic and urban outcomes.

For the first time, The Dialogue Patrons' Prize for Excellence in Public Policy as well as the Project of the Year Awards were presented at the inaugural pre-conference dinner. The impressive Inglis Development at Warwick Farm was declared this year’s winner, while the Hon. Mike Baird and the Lindy Deitz, Chief Executive of the City of Campbelltown), Dr Steven Kennedy, (Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities), and Geoff Roberts (Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission) also took home gongs for excellence in public policy.

The evening also showcased Western Sydney's talent with performances from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bankstown Poetry Slam, and included an address by former NSW Premier, the Hon. Mike Baird, who reflected on his achievements in office as Premier and Treasurer and the substantial legacy of his leadership in the state's impressive infrastructure pipeline.

Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, at Revesby Workers Club

Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, at Revesby Workers Club

Continuing its work at a local level, the Dialogue also staged a number of more intimate events, forums and workshops to draw attention to some of the work being undertaken throughout the region.

This included the launch of Reimagine Campbelltown, the Council’s new city vision announced at NSW Parliament House in front of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and a number of leading stakeholders.

While last month, the Dialogue hosted Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Revesby Workers Club, in a working lunch partnered by Canterbury Bankstown Council.

Congratulations to Macarthur South West on Joining the A-League

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue congratulates the City of Campbelltown on its successful bid for the Macarthur South West team to join the A-League in 2020.

Today's announcement also recognises Campbelltown's role as the centre of the nation's most dynamic growth region.

"This is great news for Western Sydney, now home to two A-League teams, and will help reshape the Campbelltown CBD," said Christopher Brown, Chairman of the Dialogue.

"I congratulate Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic and CEO Lindy Deitz for their civic leadership and tireless efforts on behalf of their community."

Mr Brown added that on the back of this announcement, the Dialogue will be using the looming state and federal elections to call for better transport connectivity for the region and funding to upgrade Campbelltown stadium to enhance its capacity to host major sporting and entertainment events.

 

For media information

Adam Leto — Director
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue adam@westernsydney.org.au
0419 019 637

Dialogue Calls for Domestic Violence Inquiry

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has called on state and federal MPs, and election candidates, to make domestic violence their top law and order priority, heading into the 2019 polls.

Off the back of last week’s White Ribbon Day, which successfully raised awareness about the issue, the Dialogue has today released its own discussion paper, Putting Domestic and Family Violence on the Agenda, outlining a number of recommendations aimed at helping reduce the incidence of domestic violence, particularly in Western Sydney.

Dialogue Chair, Christopher Brown AM, recognised that the State Government had taken a pro-active stance on domestic violence in recent years, but more could still be done.

“The fact is that Western Sydney, along with regional NSW, has a much higher rate of domestic assault than other parts of the state, and in some areas is double the rate in Eastern Sydney,” Mr Brown said.

“Over the last decade we’ve seen a drop in many of the major crime categories across the board – unfortunately domestic violence is trending in the other direction – and it’s time we started to really dig deep into the underlying factors.”

Among the key recommendations of the Dialogue’s report is the establishment of a Royal Commission, to thoroughly examine the issue and identify how the government, police, courts, the community and private sector can help tackle the problem.

“Domestic and family violence is a complex matter which touches so many people and sections of the community, and through a Royal Commission, similar to what we’ve seen recently in Victoria, we’ll not only be better informed, but have a clearer understanding on how we can all contribute to a solution.”

“This year alone, more than one woman has died each week at the hands of their partner or family member. It’s simply unacceptable and while the ongoing advocacy of our community and political leaders should be applauded, we need to take it to that next level.”

Some of the key findings and recommendations of the Dialogue’s report:

  • Across Australia in 2018, as of 19 November 2018, 61 women have been murdered by a partner or family member – more than one murder per week.

  • 59% of all domestic violence cases in Sydney are in Greater Western Sydney

  • Over the last decade, domestic violence assaults, indecent assault, and sexual assault crime categories have remained static or trended upwards, while other major crime categories have been in steady decline.

  • Rates of Domestic violence in Greater Western Sydney and Regional NSW are unacceptably higher than the state-wide average. In some areas of GWS, the per capita rates of reported DV assaults are double those of the eastern parts of Sydney.

  • In 2015-16 the overall cost of domestic and family violence in Australia was $22 billion.

Dialogue recommendations include:

  • That the NSW Government consider establishing a Royal Commission into Domestic and Family Violence in NSW.

  • $20 million over five years to develop and implement a primary prevention public health model around family and domestic violence in Greater Western Sydney. (As recommended by the Western Sydney Community Forum).

  • Replicate the NSW Government’s recent introduction of 10 days of paid domestic violence leave per year for all NSW public sector employees to all NSW workplaces.

  • The NSW Government adopt a similar approach to the Victorian Government in tracking the progress of the implementation of strategies designed to combat the prevalence of domestic and family violence, like how we track the road toll and evaluate our strategies to reduce it.

Click here to access the full Dialogue paper; ‘Putting Domestic and Family Violence on the Agenda’.

For media information

Adam Leto — Director
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue adam@westernsydney.org.au
0419 019 637

Dialogue Welcomes New Aerotropolis Authority & CEO

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has welcomed the establishment of the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA), to be led by CEO Sam Sangster, announced today.

The new authority will be responsible for the master-planning of the Aerotropolis and also have a key role in driving investment, education and employment opportunities across the Western Parkland City, which includes Liverpool, Campbelltown, Penrith and Camden.

“The State Government, along with the Greater Sydney Commission’s Geoff Roberts, as Co-ordinator General of the Western City, have already kicked a number of goals in this growth precinct, and today’s announcement not only provides a more streamlined system of governance, but will help facilitate greater co-ordination and collaboration,” Chair of the Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM, said.

“The appointment of Sam Sangster as its CEO, formerly of Health Infrastructure NSW, and one of the country’s most respected bureaucrats, is a smart move and his experience in delivering major capital projects across both the public and private sectors will prove most valuable.”

“Mind you, Sam will be dearly missed from Health, having recently delivered billions of dollars to the development of Westmead, Campbelltown, Blacktown and Liverpool Hospitals. His successor will now have the important challenge of finding a downtown location to accommodate a new Bankstown Hospital in south west Sydney.”

Mr Brown added that in addition to overseeing the strategic planning, infrastructure and development within the Aerotropolis, the new Authority will also play a role in attracting national, and international investment.

“Over the past 12 months a number of agreements with international heavyweights have been secured, along with Australia’s own ‘multiversity’ featuring some of the state’s top universities in a combined campus,” Mr Brown said.

“There is global interest in this precinct, and this new Authority will be key to ensuring these opportunities are leveraged and considered within the strategic context of the broader region.

“Today’s announcement that Sydney Markets will also call the Aerotropolis home, is further proof of the confidence that business and industry have in Western Sydney and will no doubt open up a range of opportunities across agribusiness and logistics, both locally and nationally.”

For media information
Adam Leto — Director
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue adam@westernsydney.org.au
0419 019 637

That’s a Wrap - Infrastructure Summit Delivers the Boom!

More than 350 of the city’s leaders across government, business, media, transport, property and community took part in the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s annual Boomtown! Infrastructure Summit held in the Sydney CBD today.

Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said by “bringing the West to town” this annual event, held in partnership with Transport for NSW, provided an opportunity for the region to engage with some of Sydney’s key-decision makers, investors and influencers.

“Today’s conference was about showcasing the major urban renewal and city-shaping projects that are transforming our cities in Western Sydney, along with the mega transport links that will drive access, employment and opportunity,” Mr Brown said.

“In addition to the updates we heard on some of the significant infrastructure projects in the pipeline, this was about understanding how these initiatives are also helping deliver improved social outcomes - things like better access to important health, education, lifestyle and social services.

“Most impressive was the willingness from cross-sector representatives to collaborate, listen and understand the importance of working together to contribute to the success of the region.

“And with Western Sydney growing at such a rapid rate, there’s never been a more important time to think outside the box and start building the connections, the places, the jobs and the homes, it desperately needs.”

Highlights of the Day include:

-NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, reaffirming the Government’s commitment to Sydney Metro West, and a Metro Network that connects all of Sydney.

-CEO of Western Sydney Airport, Graham Millett detailing the blueprint aimed at delivering the world’s best airport at Badgerys Creek.

-Sydney Morning Herald journalist Peter Fitzsimmons and City of Sydney Councillor, Angela Vithoulkas debating the influence of media on government decision-making, during an animated panel session, with Chris Johnson, CEO of the Urban Taskforce and Maryanne Graham, Director of Corporate Affairs, Western Sydney Airport.

-CEO of Infrastructure NSW, Jim Betts examining whether excessive regulation is inhibiting innovation when it comes to project planning, financing and building.

-Dr Tim Williams, former Special Advisor to UK Government and John Burton OBE, Managing Director, Urban Regeneration at Lendlease, discussing the lessons learnt from the redevelopment of East London and how it relates to Western Sydney.

-The Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres MP, and Federal Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen MP, discussing how Western Sydney “will be won” in the lead-up to next year’s State and Federal Elections, moderated by Editor-In-Chief of the Australian, Christopher Dore.

-Leading executives from Uber, TAFE, Transport for NSW and Endeavour Energy exploring how we can future-proof how transport corridors, improve the way people travel and connect, and ensure we have the skills and capacity to support the jobs of tomorrow.

For media information:
Adam Leto
Director, Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
0419 019 637

Inglis Riverside Stables & Hotel Takes Out Project of the Year

Western Sydney’s newest five-star tourism and events destination, the Inglis Riverside Stables Complex at Warwick Farm has beaten out a top field to take out the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s 2018 Project of the Year, announced at the inaugural Boomtown! dinner last night.

Awarded by Federal Minister for Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure & Population, Alan Tudge, in front of a sold-out room of 500 leaders in property, infrastructure, business and community, Inglis Riverside Stables, was recognised for its outstanding contribution to the region.

“In a highly competitive field, the Inglis development stood out due to its first-class design, build and impact in re-shaping Liverpool,” Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said.

“It has already welcomed a range of corporate conferences and regional celebrations, including the Aerotropolis Summit hosted by the Premier and Prime Minister for local and global participants. With a global horseracing audience due to descend on the Inglis sales in Easter it is emblematic of the increasing sophistication of Western Sydney, its enhanced design and its global aspiration.”

“The Inglis family has invested heavily in this project and gone to great lengths to ensure it reflects their proud racing history and delivers an experience like no other in the region.”

The $140m Riverside Stables Complex also includes the William Inglis Boutique Hotel, managed by Accor Hotels, the first five-star international hotel in Western Sydney.

Mr Brown added that the impact of the Western Sydney Airport, despite not opening until 2026, was already being felt in the tourism and hospitality sectors, with many investors recognising the opportunity and value, that exists in the region.

“This is a growth region that will be globally connected, so it’s no surprise that some of the nation’s leading businesses are looking to leverage international visitation and tap into this boom-market,” Mr Brown.

“With more major infrastructure investment on the way, including sporting and cultural projects such as the Powerhouse Museum and Western Sydney Stadium, coupled with improved connectivity, Western Sydney has the potential to really distinguish itself as a unique, sports, leisure and entertainment hub.”

Judging for the Awards was undertaken by Dialogue Chairman Christopher Brown, and Patrons, Kerry Schott AO, Nick Greiner AC, Prof. Peter Shergold AC, Craig Knowles AM and Cameron Clyne

“This is a special project with a particularly strong connection to Western Sydney, through company founder William Inglis, who was raised in Camden. The Inglis family’s decision to relocate its world-renowned Stables from Randwick, after more than 100 years of successful operation, to Warwick Farm, signifies their confidence in the region and the growth opportunities it offers,” Dialogue Patron, and judge, Craig Knowles, said.

The Inglis complex beat a packed crowd of property and infrastructure award finalists from the list below.

Short-listed finalists for Project of the Year were:

Tourism Category Winner: Inglis Riverside Stables & The William Inglis Hotel

Education Category Winner: Western Sydney University, Liverpool CBD Campus

Community Category Winner: Oran Park Library

Commercial Category Winner: Flinders Centre Bankstown

Environment Category Winner: Badu Mangroves Boardwalk

Industrial Category Winner: Clyde Engineering and Maintenance Hub

Other highlights of the Boomtown! Dinner included:

-Former NSW Premier Mike Baird receiving the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s Patrons’ Prize for excellence in Public Policy

“Perhaps Mike Baird’s most important economic legacy was the sale of government assets and subsequent recycling of this capital to invest in new public works – much of which has now manifest in mega-projects in Western Sydney,” Mr Brown said.

-CEO of Campbelltown City Council, Lindy Deitz, Secretary of Department of Regional Development & Cities, Dr Steven Kennedy, and Deputy Chief Commissioner, of the Greater Sydney Commission, Geoff Roberts, all recognised for their contribution to the delivery of the Western Sydney City Deal

-Live performances by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bankstown Poetry Slam

2018 PROJECT OF THE YEAR CATEGORY WINNERS

TOURISM CATEGORY WINNER

Inglis Riverside Stables & The William Inglis Hotel

Sitting at the heart of the Warwick Farm precinct, the Inglis Riverside Stables and William Inglis Hotel complex has not only proved to be a winner in racing circles, but since opening late last year, quickly established itself as one of Western Sydney’s popular hospitality, leisure and corporate destinations.

Named after the company’s figurehead and founder, the venue offers state-of-the-art stabling and sales facilities, which are complemented by equine-themed 5-star accommodation and an extensive range of conferencing facilities. The William Inglis Boutique Hotel boasts a rooftop bar and pool deck overlooking the famous racecourse, and is managed by Accor Hotels, the largest hotel operator in the Asia Pacific.

Adjoining the hotel is an integrated, air-conditioned parade and sales area accommodating up to 1000 guests and featuring stabling for 800 horses, permanent hospitality suites, rubberized bitumen and synthetic turfs, and a ringside dining service.

This $140m investment has delivered one of the country’s finest equine auction houses, and when combined with its purpose-built events centre and hotel, has set a new benchmark when it comes to tourism, hospitality and conferencing in Western Sydney, attracting thousands of national and international visitors to the region.

EDUCATION CATEGORY WINNER

Western Sydney University Liverpool CBD Campus

Officially named Ngara Ngura, Darug for ‘learning place’, Western Sydney University’s vertical campus in the Liverpool CBD was opened earlier this year by now Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

This state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Liverpool houses the University’s programs in nursing, midwifery, social sciences and psychology and is just minutes from Liverpool Hospital. It is fully Wi-Fi-connected and boasts a hi-tech ‘immersive teaching’ nursing laboratory that makes it one of the most the most technologically-advanced medical training facilities in Australia.

The Ngara Ngura building incorporates student-only zones, sleeping pods, and Zoom capabilities within all classrooms, giving students in the Liverpool catchment area an unprecedented degree of amenity and interconnectivity. It is also home to WSU’s Launch Pad, providing seamless support to students and local businesses exploring technology-based innovations.

The purpose-designed campus reaffirms the University’s long-established role in preparing the region’s students for an exciting smart future and helping drive the next generation of knowledge jobs.

It is the latest Western Sydney University campus to be embedded in the heart of a major CBD in western Sydney, and follows the success of the University's flagship Parramatta City Campus, the Peter Shergold Building, which took out the 2017 Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Project of the Year Award

COMMUNITY CATEGORY WINNER

Oran Park Library

A collaborative project between Camden Council, Landcom and Greenfields Development Company, the $13.8mil Oran Park Library and Community Hub was officially opened earlier this year.

With a focus on digitisation, connectivity and neighbourhood interaction, the library features 3D printers and IT stations, digital performance and group learning spaces, and touchscreen e-surfaces throughout, plugging the rapidly growing community into the global information age.

The library’s interior design celebrates the town’s history as a race track, incorporating artworks made from car and motorcycle parts and grid motifs on the carpet and walls.

The 2,500m2 multi-purpose library building also includes a community resource centre, providing a new place for people and community groups to meet. It also includes sustainable items, such as a 90,000 litre rainwater tank.

The library and community resource centre are located in the heart of Oran Park Town and form part the Civic Precinct, a unique master planned centre which includes the council building, a shopping centre, commercial space and a smart work hub.

The project was delivered as part of a Voluntary Planning Agreement that will fund more than $200 million of essential infrastructure to ensure Oran Park Town is a cohesive and attractive community.

COMMERCIAL CATEGORY WINNER

Flinders Centre Bankstown

This nine-storey tower brings commerce and community together to offer contemporary, efficient and sustainable A-grade office space. It enjoys panoramic views extending from the Sydney CBD to Botany Bay in the east and out to the Blue Mountains in the west. Each level features 360-degree floor to ceiling glazed windows, providing excellent natural light for an open, spacious, efficient working environment.

It is the only commercial building in Bankstown with a 5-Star Green Star rating and targeting a 5-Star NABERS rating. The sustainable design, fit-out, construction and operation are state-of-the-art, and the energy-efficient technology is available to all occupants of the building.

Tenants of Flinders Centre enjoy full access to all conference, meeting, entertainment and dining facilities at Bankstown Sports Club, which includes 13 function and event spaces, a 600-seat movie theatre, The Grand Ballroom and a variety of restaurants and bars. There is also a Travelodge Hotel on-site, as well as a UFC Gym, childcare and medical centre.

Bankstown Sports Club’s vision is to create an integrated office development that meets the needs of modern tenants and occupants who are looking for a quality medium size development that is unique, accessible and provide workers with hospitality, leisure and retail services.

ENVIRONMENT CATEGORY WINNER

Badu Mangroves Boardwalk

The Badu Mangroves precinct occupies 65 hectares and is located between the southern shore of Homebush Bay and Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park. The area contains extensive mangrove stands, waterbird refuge, mudflats, a saltmarsh community and an estuarine creek system, home to resident and migratory birds, fish, bats, frogs and reptiles.

The Badu Mangroves are the largest remaining intertidal wetland and contiguous mangrove stand on the Parramatta River. The name ‘Badu’ means ‘water’ in the local Aboriginal language.

The creation of a deeply-embedded yet low-impact series of walkways was a highly complex design, engineering and construction challenges, but upon completion has provided an opportunity for visitors and students to discover the significance of this unique site.Tours along the boardwalk attract over 20,000 school students annually, with these regular guided outings providing the opportunity for young people, and visitors, to discover the significance of this remnant ecological community from both an ecological and aboriginal perspective.

INDUSTRIAL CATEGORY WINNER

Clyde Engineering and Maintenance Hub

The Clyde Engineering and Maintenance Hub is part of Sydney Trains’ ongoing Major Works Reform Strategy of streamlining and optimizing maintenance operations, which includes the consolidation of as many as 130 different maintenance locations to larger ‘centres of excellence’.

This new fit-for-purpose facility replaced several old depots within the Auburn rail yards precinct, and now accommodates various maintenance and engineering functions in one central location.

Comprising of a five-storey office building and a two-storey amenities building (with a total floor area of 13,400 m2), the Hub boasts state-of-the-art administrative, communication and logistics fit-outs, and has been established with the aim of generating ongoing improvements to safety, reliability and efficiency.

It has significantly reduced Sydney Trains’ leased accommodation costs in the CBD and other locations, delivering recurring savings of $9m per year while boosting the Western Sydney economy.

The Hub supports the decentralisation objectives of Government while providing a modern, collaborative working environment for Sydney Trains’ engineers, while giving many of them with the quality-of-life benefits of working closer to home.

The construction of the Clyde Hub represents a $75m investment in the future of Sydney Trains and the growth of Western Sydney as the geographical centre of Sydney and the ideal location for Sydney’s rail maintenance operations.

HEALTH CATEGORY WINNER

Mt Druitt Community Dialysis Centre

This $3.5m Health Infrastructure project delivered a state-of-the-art facility that makes it easier for patients to access life-saving treatment close to home. Alongside critical care, the centre also provides local high-skills training, employment and research opportunities and a space connected to the community, its environment and culture through an Aboriginal arts and cultural program.

Uniquely, the project team included staff, patients, carers and the community in the planning and design phase, a level of early engagement that has made the completed facility truly a ‘local’ project, now delivering contemporary, patient-centric care to the Mount Druitt dialysis community in a multidisciplinary approach that integrates medical nursing, allied health and support services in a warm, welcoming, non-institutional environment.

The Dialysis Centre, which delivers 144 sessions to 48 patients each week, is also aimed at reducing the risk of diabetes. It was opened by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier this year and is part of Stage 2 of the $700m redevelopment of Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals.

Residents of Western Sydney are 50% more likely than their Sydney counterparts to be diagnosed with diabetes.

TRANSPORT CATEGORY WINNER

Northern Road upgrade, Stage One

This project is part of the joint Federal-State Government Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, which delivers major road upgrades in and around the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Stage One of the $1.6b Northern Road upgrade was officially opened to traffic in April 2018 and included a widening of the 3.5 km section between The Old Northern Road at Narellan and Oran Park’s Peter Brock Drive. The project featured new bridgeworks, intersection upgrades, and a three-metre off-road path for cyclists and pedestrians and has significantly enhanced access, improved safety and capacity, while reducing congestion and travel times.

The Northern Road is one of the main arterial transport corridors in Sydney’s South West Priority Growth Area. As residential and commercial development occurs, the amount of traffic in the area is expected to increase.

The Australian and NSW governments are funding the joint Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan as part of a 10-year, $3.6 billion road investment program to improve road transport capacity well ahead of future traffic demand.

CHAIRMAN’S COMMENDATION

O’Connell Street Public School, Parramatta

As part of its investment in pubic school infrastructure in Western Sydney, this project provided a new primary school on the existing Old Kings’ School site in Parramatta, housing local students while their existing school was being redeveloped.

Deftly navigating sensitivities over competing visions for the site and local heritage concerns, the project quickly delivered flexible teaching and recreation spaces for 1000 students, including 40 future-focused classrooms, a library and a new hall.

The adaptive reuse of this unique Parramatta heritage site as a new public school will also help address future local demand and support the urban renewal of North Parramatta.

Facilities including the oval and hall are being shared with the public and local arts groups when not being used for school purposes. The oval is also utilised by adjacent Government schools for sports programs.

All Parramatta Public School teachers and students have relocated to the O'Connell Street Primary School whilst construction of their new school is underway. By 2019, school boundaries will be redrawn and the O'Connell Street Primary School will act as a stand-alone facility, accommodating students from the area.

This project took out the 2018 National Trust Heritage Award in the Adaptive Re-Use category for project architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.

For media information

Adam Leto — Director Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
adam@westernsydney.org.au
0419 019 637