Leaders from across the country, headlined by the Prime Minister, NSW Premier and Lucy Turnbull, converged on Western Sydney, as part of the inaugural “Out There” Summit, held at the Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, with 500+ delegates in attendance.
Conceived and hosted by the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue to highlight key policy issues impacting on the region, the Summit attracted the heads of Federal and State government in areas such as planning, transport, infrastructure, health, arts, education and tourism.
There were keynote addresses from NSW Premier Mike Baird, head of the Greater Sydney Commission, Lucy Turnbull, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley and other guests from Canberra.
YouTube star of the Western Sydney University brand campaign, Deng Adut, detailed his amazing journey from Sudanese child soldier and refugee to Blacktown human rights lawyer. The talented performers from the Bankstown Poetry Slam also entertained the large crowd.
“This was a landmark occasion for Western Sydney, attracting the most impressive line-up of speakers and guests ever assembled in the region,” Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown said.
“With a new airport, WestConnex, light rail, metro rail and heavy rail systems, population growth and a property boom underway, Western Sydney is the new infrastructure capital of the world. With a Federal Election looming, it is also Australia’s most dynamic political battlefield and the ‘Out There’ Summit will shine a light on local economic projects and social inclusion.
“One of the goals of the Dialogue is to help foster a leadership class for the region and stimulate debate among leaders. I’m extremely proud that the Dialogue has been able to tick these boxes and through the “Out There” Summit we’re reinforcing the region’s influence even further.
“Issues on our agenda include securing a rail line linking Badgerys Creek and cities of the West at the time the new airport opens, a Metro Rail extension to Liverpool, support for WSU’s Innovation Corridor, prioritisation for local arts, sport and tourism facilities, job creation initiatives and efforts to address disadvantage in the region’s major public housing estates,” Mr Brown concluded.
Other notable features on the day, included the awarding of the Pemulwuy Prize to the Bankstown Poetry Slam for outstanding regional contribution and new economic and social research presented by Deloitte, which defines and proposes a way to track Western Sydney’s economic and social progress.
Deloitte Western Sydney Partner, Theo Psychogios, said: “Following the launch by Mike Baird of the Shaping Future Cities report last year, we’re thrilled that a number of the recommendations aimed at creating 200,000 great new jobs in Western Sydney by 2020 are already being put into effect, including the Olympic Corridor Light Rail, the Greater Sydney Commission being located in Parramatta and planning for a Western Sydney University Campus at Sydney Olympic Park.
"Monitoring progress by tracking factors such as health, industry, participation and innovation will ensure that job creation is not the only target, that barriers to equity are broken down and that the population as a whole benefits from the Western Sydney opportunity,” Mr Psychogios concluded.
The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s “Out There” Summit was supported by:
Major Partners: Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development, Western Sydney University, Deloitte, TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute, Sydney Airport, Lendlease
Event Sponsors: Sydney Motorway Corporation, Keolis Downer, Transurban, Liverpool City Council, UrbanGrowth NSW
Event Supporters: The Committee for Sydney, WSROC, Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Community Forum, TTF Australia, Celestino.