Premier joins influential leaders to help shape Liverpool

Premier Mike Baird joined the most high-powered forum to ever meet in Liverpool to discuss key strategic issues facing Sydney’s Great South West.

Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun welcomed the Committee for Liverpool to the city for the first time today, where they were joined by special guest Premier Mike Baird. The Committee met at Liverpool Hospital, one of Australia’s leading trauma centres.

“Liverpool is the capital of the Great South West and home to Sydney’s second international airport,” Mayor Mannoun said. “We are a growing city which will reach a population of more than 326,000 by 2036. Our future success will come from partnerships across all sectors including business and government, which is why we have created the Committee for Liverpool.

“The Committee for Liverpool is a high-level advisory board that contributes expertise, networks and contacts across a range of sectors to support economic and social development activities in Liverpool.

“With the Premier’s visit today, high on our agenda are key issues not just for the region, but for Sydney and the State as a whole. Over the next 10 years, no other city in Australia will receive as much infrastructure investment as Liverpool.

“As the Airport City, we’re looking at capitalising on the opportunities of the airport precinct and transport links to key commercial nodes across the region. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get the planning and infrastructure right around the airport and that  includes the development of the Liverpool City Centre –which is the hub for jobs, services and urban density in the great South West.

Committee for Liverpool Convenor, and Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM, said that the calibre of people that have volunteered their time and talent for the Committee for Liverpool spoke volumes for the opportunities that exist in the city.

“These are highly-influential and respected leaders in business, government, sport, the arts, and media, who have a passion for Liverpool and are committed to working with Ned Mannoun to see the city and the great south west succeed,” Mr Brown said.

Committee for Liverpool Members

Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kerrie Mather, added: “The Federal Government’s decision that Badgerys Creek would be the location of the Western Sydney Airport has galvanised broad-based support, interest and optimism about the significant economic impact that a full service airport will have on the future of Western Sydney.

“We commend the leadership role Liverpool Council has taken to focus the attention of business, industry, and the education sector on how to best harness this opportunity.”

Tony Costantino, Executive Director, Lend Lease Building: “I was raised and educated in Liverpool, so being part of this Committee and contributing to the city’s future, is a personal honour for me. The upgrade of the downtown area plus the development of Badgerys Creek and its associated infrastructure means Lend Lease sees great commercial potential in Liverpool.”

Joseph Carrozzi, Managing Partner, PwC Sydney: “PwC has for many years recognised the value and potential of Western Sydney, and fuelled by massive population growth, Liverpool has an important role in driving the wider Sydney agenda. As a Liverpool ‘old boy’ I am delighted to be part of the Mayor’s crusade to attract investment to my hometown.”

Assoc. Prof. Rod Simpson, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney: “By 2031, when a third of Sydney’s population is expected to live in south west sydney, it is essential for us to take advantage of Liverpool’s relationship to the Georges River and transport, recognised so early by Governor Macquarie, as the pre-eminent location for education, health, employment and cultural and recreational activities for the south west.”