Future Forum

The Future Forum series is an initiative of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue (the Dialogue) to bring together a cohort of big thinkers to discuss issues affecting our growth cities of the West.

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Building and Financing Our Community Infrastructure

Our fourth Future Forum will examine the importance of Community Infrastructure and how we can unlock and leverage local investment to support the changing needs of Greater Western Sydney.

Federal & State governments are responsible for the delivery of major infrastructure such as airports, stadia, motorways, museums, hospitals, universities, national parks, power lines, dams and railways. However, at this Future Forum, we will focus on the smaller, local projects that drive our communities such as pools, hotels, aged care facilities, theatres, public art, men's sheds, sporting fields, children's playgrounds, community gardens, bike paths, libraries, soup kitchens and parklands - which are the domain of local Councils, private developers, registered clubs, faith-based groups and community organisations.

The Future Forum will look into these key aspects:

  • What are Greater Western Sydney's most valuable community infrastructure assets and what are we missing?

  • Should local infrastructure investment be co-ordinated at a regional level and do we need to encourage cross-city collaboration?

  • Are we properly using the Section 94 levies on developers to help shape our communities, and what other roles for the private sector?

  • What's the deal with the $150m Liveability Program within the Western Sydney City Deal?

  • How do we plan, fund and operate our local infrastructure so that it keeps pace with population growth and delivers the social, health and economic benefits that our residents need?

  • How can local councils partner with other levels of government, community stakeholders, clubs and the private sector, to deliver value for money and meet demand?