WSU PARRAMATTA CBD CAMPUS TAKES OUT TOP GONG

The Western Sydney University’s (WSU) Parramatta CBD Campus, the Peter Shergold Building, has taken out the inaugural Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s (WSLD) Project of the Year, at the Boomtown! Infrastructure Summit.

The award, presented in front of a crowd of 400+ guests, spread across the government, property, transport, infrastructure and community sectors, recognised the transformative impact of WSU’s first CBD campus, which was opened earlier this year by NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.

“Not only is this $220m development a first for Western Sydney, but the aptly named Professor Peter Shergold building, has, and will continue to act as a major catalyst of city activation,” WSLD  Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said.

“While there were a number of high-calibre finalists, the WSU Parramatta CBD campus, which currently houses 10,000 students, was a clear stand-out and has set a new standard when it comes to tertiary education in the region.”

The WSLD Project of the Year was established to celebrate achievement in innovation and leadership in project design and delivery, by the public and private sector, and recognises major projects that have positively impacted on community, social, and economic outcomes, over the past 12 months. WSU, along with its development partners Charter Hall and John Holland, was selected by WSLD’s Patrons (excluding Prof. Peter Shergold due to his current role as Chancellor of WSU).

Other nominees for Project of the Year included:

In addition to the Project of the Year, the Summit also provided an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution to regional infrastructure planning and delivery by those involved in public policy, through the WSLD Patrons’ Prize.

The criteria for selection for these awards, is legislators and regulators who have gone above and beyond the norm to champion economic and social infrastructure in our region. Their achievement was measured in terms of political, bureaucratic and social impact, and those who have overcome more than normal resistance to such change.

This year’s prize winners:

Hon. Joe Hockey - Ambassador to the United States and former Treasurer &
Hon. Anthony Albanese MP - Shadow Infrastructure Minister and former Deputy Prime Minister

Recognising their respective leadership within their own parties to deliver a unanimous decision to develop Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.

“Despite having been tribal warriors for the Liberal and Labor Parties since their days on Sydney University Student Council, they found a way to work across the divide to deliver a project this region had been denied for decades,” WSLD Chairman, Christopher Brown, AM said.

Mike Mrdak AO – Former Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Recognising his career support for a role in urban infrastructure by the Commonwealth and for the creation of the Western Sydney Unit within the Federal Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development (DIRD) as a vehicle to deliver Western Sydney Airport and the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal.

“Under Mike’s professional leadership, DIRD has helped the Federal Government deliver some of the nation’s most significant infrastructure projects and programs. Through much of this time, he battled changing priorities in Canberra, as the Commonwealth came in and out of its role in urban infrastructure but he maintained his view that Australian cities deserve the involvement of Australian Governments,” WSLD Chairman, Christopher Brown, AM said.

Lucy Turnbull AO – Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

Recognising her leadership of the Greater Sydney Commission, especially her personal championing of the role of Western Sydney in the city’s future and the delivery of the Greater Parramatta & Olympic Park Peninsula (GPOP) project.

“Through the Greater Sydney Commission, Lucy has raised political, private sector and community awareness of the opportunities that exist in Western Sydney, and focussed attention on how they can be met through consultation and collaboration,” WSLD Chairman, Christopher Brown, AM said.