More than 350 of the city’s leaders across government, business, media, transport, property and community took part in the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s annual Boomtown! Infrastructure Summit held in the Sydney CBD today.
Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said by “bringing the West to town” this annual event, held in partnership with Transport for NSW, provided an opportunity for the region to engage with some of Sydney’s key-decision makers, investors and influencers.
“Today’s conference was about showcasing the major urban renewal and city-shaping projects that are transforming our cities in Western Sydney, along with the mega transport links that will drive access, employment and opportunity,” Mr Brown said.
“In addition to the updates we heard on some of the significant infrastructure projects in the pipeline, this was about understanding how these initiatives are also helping deliver improved social outcomes - things like better access to important health, education, lifestyle and social services.
“Most impressive was the willingness from cross-sector representatives to collaborate, listen and understand the importance of working together to contribute to the success of the region.
“And with Western Sydney growing at such a rapid rate, there’s never been a more important time to think outside the box and start building the connections, the places, the jobs and the homes, it desperately needs.”
Highlights of the Day include:
-NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, reaffirming the Government’s commitment to Sydney Metro West, and a Metro Network that connects all of Sydney.
-CEO of Western Sydney Airport, Graham Millett detailing the blueprint aimed at delivering the world’s best airport at Badgerys Creek.
-Sydney Morning Herald journalist Peter Fitzsimmons and City of Sydney Councillor, Angela Vithoulkas debating the influence of media on government decision-making, during an animated panel session, with Chris Johnson, CEO of the Urban Taskforce and Maryanne Graham, Director of Corporate Affairs, Western Sydney Airport.
-CEO of Infrastructure NSW, Jim Betts examining whether excessive regulation is inhibiting innovation when it comes to project planning, financing and building.
-Dr Tim Williams, former Special Advisor to UK Government and John Burton OBE, Managing Director, Urban Regeneration at Lendlease, discussing the lessons learnt from the redevelopment of East London and how it relates to Western Sydney.
-The Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres MP, and Federal Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen MP, discussing how Western Sydney “will be won” in the lead-up to next year’s State and Federal Elections, moderated by Editor-In-Chief of the Australian, Christopher Dore.
-Leading executives from Uber, TAFE, Transport for NSW and Endeavour Energy exploring how we can future-proof how transport corridors, improve the way people travel and connect, and ensure we have the skills and capacity to support the jobs of tomorrow.
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