New Western Sydney Performance Centre Opens Its Doors

The region’s biggest arts and cultural hub is preparing for centre-stage, with the Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre, opening its doors to industry, this week.

The new $100m facility at West HQ has invited expressions of interest from Australian and international arts companies, theatre producers and concert promoters, as it moves towards its big unveiling in just over 12 months’ time.

Dialogue Chairman Christopher Brown AM said this massive investment in cultural infrastructure would not only help put the region on the arts and entertainment map, but also act as a major drawcard for international acts.

“This is a world-class venue that gives Western Sydney the opportunity to shine,” Mr Brown said.

“We’ve never had a theatre of this size and quality before, it’s a remarkable, ambitious development - one that is long overdue.

“In order to attract the best performers and shows, you need to have top-tier facilities, and these guys have gone all out to ensure this Centre is up there with the best.”

The 2000-seat theatre will be able to house large-scale musicals, ballet and opera companies, and symphony orchestras. Comprising a full fly system, retractable seating and outstanding sight-lines, the theatre is unparalleled outside of Sydney’s CBD.

“Our goal is for this truly beautiful new venue to become the centre for arts and entertainment in Greater Western Sydney and an iconic tourism destination for people throughout NSW and beyond,” said Craig McMaster, the Executive Director of Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre

“This announcement is all about letting our industry and potential commercial partners know that although we’re still just over a year from opening, we are most definitely now open for business.”

The Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre is based at West HQ, an expanding cultural, sporting and commercial destination that currently attracts over three million visitors a year. Included within the precinct is the Novotel Sydney West HQ, the Olympic-standard Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre and the iconic Rooty Hill RSL. It is also the future site of a 5-star Pullman Hotel.

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Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue adam@westernsydney.org.au
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Investor Interest in Aerotropolis Continues to Fly High

Business confidence in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis is soaring, with today’s announcement of two new major international corporations signing agreements to make future investment in the precinct.

Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM, said the decision by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), two of Japan’s biggest multinationals to commit to the region, was further proof that the Aereotropolis is starting to take off.

“There is little doubt that the private sector, both nationally and internationally, is queuing up to be involved in this project, the scale of which we’ve not seen in Western Sydney,” Mr Brown said.

“This would not have been possible without the collaboration between Federal and State Government, lead by the Greater Sydney Commission’s Geoff Roberts. Through their co-ordinated efforts, they’ve not only helped set the vision, but importantly, attract interest and investment in Western Sydney.”

The agreements by MHI and SMFG follow last month’s announcement for a mega university campus within the Aerotropolis, featuring Western Sydney University, UNSW Sydney, University of Wollongong and University of Newcastle.

Defence Industry giants, the United States-based Northrup Gruman, have also committed to $50 million investment in an advanced defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre, within the site.

“When you combine all of these investments, with the work currently underway at Sydney Science Park and other nearby areas, and a clearer picture of the employment, education and innovation opportunities that exist within the Aerotropolis starts to emerge.”

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Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue adam@westernsydney.org.au
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Aerotropolis campus to secure knowledge jobs for the West

Today’s announcement of a new institute hosting four universities at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis is a huge step towards the target of 200,000 new knowledge jobs for Greater Western Sydney, Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM said today.

“Tertiary education will play a critical role in addressing the east-west imbalance of knowledge jobs and we know universities are a crucial element of the innovation ecosystem. It’s great to see the NSW Government and the tertiary education sector get on board with the region’s aspirations“ Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown added that in order to truly succeed, the future institute needed to be heavily integrated into what will be a world-leading network of STEM and health-focused innovation precincts in the Western Parkland City, with abundant nearby research and industry co-location opportunities available. 

“This includes Sydney Science park, Campbelltown Health and Education Precinct, the Ingham Institute at Liverpool and its future Campbelltown facility, Sydney Motorsport Park and of course existing uni campuses at Werrington, Liverpool and Campbelltown.” Mr Brown said.

“If we get the transport links right, it’s possible to have all these precincts plus the new Aerotropolis campus within one 30-minute city.” Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown noted that today’s announcement was largely the result of the hard work and passionate regional advocacy of Greater Sydney Commission Deputy Chief Commissioner, Geoff Roberts and Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor, Barney Glover.

 

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Adam Leto — Director
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
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Dialogue Supports Crack-Down on Councillor Rorts

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue supports new measures introduced by the State Government aimed at weeding out corruption and bad behaviour in local councils and has called for even further, bold reform.

Under the new Model Code of Conduct announced by the Minister for Local Government, Garbrielle Upton, Councillors will now be required to report all gifts, regardless of value, and undertake mandatory professional training to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to carry out their roles.

Councillors will also be prohibited from accessing information about matters they have pecuniary interests in (unless it is publicly available) and face new standards when it comes to harassment, use of social media and work health and safety.

Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, applauded the new reforms, which were consistent with some of the proposals the Dialogue had outlined earlier this year in its discussion paper, Governance Reform for Growth: Ideas on how we can best plan, finance, build and govern the growth centres of Greater Western Sydney.

“The Dialogue has been calling for meaningful reform within the local government sector for a number of years, and these new, tougher measures are a positive first step towards weeding out corruption and ensuring rate-payers get value for money,” he said.

“Western Sydney has been embarrassed by the appalling governance issues at places like Auburn Council and we need new systems to attract and retain municipal talent. This region should be a beacon for best practice, not a sanctuary for spivs.

“The actions of a small minority have not only created distrust amongst our communities, but tarnished the reputation of an entire sector.”

Mr Brown said that in addition to the new Model Code of Conduct, other reform measures could include, the election of full-time mayors, improved protection for staff and CEOs, and the creation of bigger, fewer and better resourced Councils.

He added that the development of a bespoke training course for Councillors and Mayors, run through the Australian Institute of Company Directors, was also worth consideration.

“Hopefully this new Code will help embed a cultural shift within local government. One that emphasises Councillors’ role in setting the strategy and vision for their cities, while also ensuring that Council staff have the support, skills and capacity to deliver,” Mr Brown said.

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Adam Leto — Director
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
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Reinvest WestConnex Funds In MetroWest

Funds generated from the impressive sale price of WestConnex should be used to fast-track the development of the Metro West rail project, Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM, said today.

Mr Brown added that with Western Sydney motorists paying for the motorway every day, it was only fair that they also receive the lion’s share of the $9.3b injection the State Government is set to collect.

“Treasurer Perrottet has achieved a great price for the 51% share of WestConnex which needs to be reinvested back into Western Sydney infrastructure, and the Metro West should top the list,” Mr Brown said.

“Funding for Metro West is still to be defined and today’s billion-dollar boost will not only get the ball rolling, but also ensure that workers commuting from Western Sydney aren’t forced to battle traffic every day to get to their places of employment.

“The Metro West is the new ‘steel spine’ of our city. It will deliver an efficient east-west connection, and catalyse the economic, employment and urban growth of a number of key centres along the way, including development precincts like Sydney Olympic Park, Newington, Camellia and Westmead.

“It is a massive game-changer for the region, and we need to get on with the job of funding, planning and delivering this key piece of infrastructure. Today’s WestConnex sale, provides the State Government with the opportunity to do just that.”

Off the back of today’s sale, Mr Brown added that other Western Sydney infrastructure projects which should be considered for priority funding, including the Leppington Spur Line to Bringelly, the electrification of the rail line from Macarthur to Menangle, extensions of the Airport Metro line north to Marsden Park and south to Campbelltown.

The Dialogue also re-stated its position that significant Commonwealth funding should be provided for both Metro rail projects and that local landowners were prepared to ‘pay to play’ via an equitable value capture methodology.

 

 

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Adam Leto — Director
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
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Supercars Light Up Sydney Motorsport Park

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has supported calls for the installation of permanent lights at Sydney Motorsport Park following the success of the first V8 Supercars night-event in more than 20 years.

More than 30,000 spectators packed the Eastern Creek venue over the weekend as part of the two-day event, which was headlined by the Sydney SuperNight 300, V8 race on Saturday, featuring Australia’s best touring car drivers and broadcast nationally, and across the globe.

The weekend’s event was made possible through the installation of temporary lighting.

Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said the amount of positive feedback from broadcasters, advertisers, drivers and spectators, proved that there was strong demand for night-racing at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“The numbers speak for themselves, and when you have respected motorsport figures such as Craig Lowndes arguing that night-racing at Eastern Creek needs to become a permanent V8 fixture, then you need to pay attention,” Mr Brown said.

“Western Sydney was out in full-force over the weekend and the opportunities, not just tourism-related, that will stem from having permanent lighting at Sydney Motorsport Park, are too important to ignore.”

Over the past 12 months Sydney Motorsport Park has enjoyed positive discussions with the NSW Government over the installation of permanent floodlights, providing year-round, site-activation and serving a host of motorsport and industry uses, including V8 supercar racing.

The 92ha Sydney Motorsport Park precinct is one of the busiest sites in Western Sydney, hosting more than 600 events and over 300,000 visitors annually, and is nearly fully booked a year in advance.

Mr Brown added that Sydney Motorsport Park was more than just a visitor destination on major race days, and had the potential to deliver more jobs, skills and training opportunities for the region’s growing labour force.    

“Sydney Motorsport Park is currently at full capacity and the provision of permanent lights would not only make it more accessible, but deliver on its potential as a major tourism, education and economic hub,” Mr Brown said. 

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