Out There: Western Sydney Leadership Awards

Sydney Water and its Managing Director, Kevin Young, has taken out the prestigious 2019 Pemulwuy Prize at the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s annual Out There Summit held at Bankstown’s Bryan Brown Theatre, today.

Named after the famed local Indigenous warrior, the Dialogue created The Pemulwuy Prize to honour a leading group that has made an outstanding contribution to the region, with past winners including the Bankstown Poetry Slam, the Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative and Savannah Pride. 

Sydney Water was one of seven Leadership Award finalists in contention for the Pemulwuy Prize (Leadership Prize recipients listed below), with the top-gong judged by the Dialogue’s Patrons.

Dialogue Executive Director Adam Leto paid tribute to the success of Sydney Water, which through its Managing Director Kevin Young, had proven to be a willing regional collaborator and major contributor on planning issues.

“Managing Director Kevin Young has led Sydney Water’s success over the past five years, with the state-owned corporation playing a key role in helping shape the region’s environmental, social and economic future – from its office in Parramatta,” Dialogue Executive Director, Adam Leto, said.

“Sydney Water has embraced new technologies, innovations and partnerships that have saved tax-payers millions of dollars, while also generating improved environmental outcomes.

“It has shown that it also has a firm eye on the future, having worked closely with councils, the Greater Sydney Commission, the State and Federal Governments, fellow utility groups and the private sector to ensure that water is firmly embedded within the early parts of the urban planning and design of Western Sydney.”  

Sydney Water and its Managing Director, Kevin Young has taken out the Pemulwuy Prize in recognition of the organisation’s ongoing contribution to environmental, economic and social outcomes in Western Sydney.

The 2019 Leadership Prize winners announced today are:

·         Billie Sankovic, CEO, Western Sydney Community Forum, Leadership Prize for her contribution to Public Policy with the Build Beyond Bricks Report

·         Usman Iftikhar, Leadership Prize for Entrepreneurial Achievement for empowering refugees and providing professional and personal support to migrant entrepreneurs

·         Phil Gould AM, Leadership Prize for Regional Advocacy for his commitment to community development and services to charity

·         Richard Errington, Leadership Prize for Innovation and Reputation for driving reputational change through the establishment of West HQ, including Sydney Coliseum, and as a key partner in the inaugural Run West and his role in regional branding

·         Dorothy Hoddinott AO, Leadership Prize for Community Advocacy for services in education and for advocacy for refugees and migrants in Western Sydney

·         Dr Aniss Chami, Leadership Prize for Corporate Achievement for his corporate success through Vitex Pharmaceuticals

·         Kevin Young, Managing Director, Sydney Water, Leadership Prize for Sustainability and Collaboration, and the Pemulwuy Prize, for an ongoing contribution to environmental, economic and social outcomes in Western Sydney

A full run-down of all award winners can be found at www.westernsydney.org.au

The Out There Summit saw some of Australia’s most recognised leaders meet in Bankstown, including Former NSW Premier Hon. Bob Carr and Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO as well as NSW Education Minister Hon. Sarah Mitchell.

Out There also featured presentations of the Western Sydney Leadership Education Scholarship, presented to local senior high school students, and an address by one of the world’s most famous maths teachers, Eddie Woo. Known widely as Mr WooTube, he was named Australia’s 2018 Local Hero, but today he outlined his vision for the future of Western Sydney education, and its role in unlocking the potential of the region.

NSW rugby legend Phil ‘Gus’ Gould AM also addressed the 300-strong audience as part of the summit, which saw live entertainment from award winning Punchbowl Boys’ High band 320 as well as a poetry slam by Australian Actor Bryan Brown.

Productions by Western Sydney filmmakers were also featured at the summit, showcasing the creative talent in the region.

“Since 2016 Out There has proved to be the place where Australian leaders discuss the important policies shaping the nation and celebrate very best of Western Sydney achievement,” Mr Leto said.

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue is a not-for-profit community initiative designed to give voice to this dynamic region and boost its social and economic progress.

Read more about the Out There Summit and award winners via our website events page.