New University Campus Proposed for Parramatta

Western Sydney’s reputation as a centre for research, education and innovation, continues to grow, with today’s announcement that the University of Sydney will enter into formal negotiations with the NSW Government to establish a new campus in Parramatta/Westmead.

Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM, who also sits on the board of Western Sydney University (WSU), congratulated the team at University of Sydney for its ambition, and investment in the future of the region.

“Thanks to the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education, Rob Stokes for their support of this key project, but I’d like to pay particular credit to Sydney University Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence and his executive team who persevered with this unsolicited bid through a very bureaucratic assessment and governance process,”  Mr Brown said

“Western Sydney has been identified by the nation’s leading tertiary and skills providers as a massive market, and today’s announcement, is further proof of the confidence that is helping drive the region’s growth as a smart city.

“Western Sydney that will be providing Australia’s next generation of engineers, scientists and innovators, and with centres such as the Westmead Health and Education Precinct, Sydney Science Park and the new ‘multiversity’ that was recently announced at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, the building blocks for future success are starting to emerge.

“This University of Sydney decision complements WSU’s CBD Campus Strategy, which includes the new CBD campus, the Peter Shergold Building in Parramatta, and further developments in Liverpool, Campbelltown, Sydney Olympic Park and Bankstown.”

The first phase of the Sydney University project will see $500m invested in a new Parramatta/Westmead Campus, which will have a focus on advanced manufacturing, data and artificial intelligence. By 2050, the University’s vision is to host 25,000 students, generating 20,000 jobs and adding $13 billion to the NSW economy.

The proposal, which will now be the subject of detailed negotiations with the government, has the support of WSU, the University of NSW, CSIRO, the Westmead Alliance and Parramatta City Council.

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Lendlease Sets Up Shop In Western Sydney

Leading international property and infrastructure group Lendlease is the latest major corporation to now call Western Sydney home, with the global giants opening their new office in Parramatta today.

Local councils and MPs, along with Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres MP, were on hand to officially launch Lendlease’s Western Sydney base, located in Phillip Street Parramatta, which builds on its deep history with the region.

“Lendlease’s connection with Western Sydney dates back nearly 60 years to company founder Dick Dusseldorp who was one of the first to recognise the potential of the region when he purchased land for development near Campbelltown,” Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown said.

“And Lendlease has been making a positive mark on Western Sydney ever since, through the development of our major roads, shopping centres in Macarthur and Bankstown, sporting infrastructure such as the Sydney Aquatic Centre at Sydney Olympic Park and residential communities in the south-west and north-west.

“Today’s office opening is an extension of the legacy forged by Dick Dussledorp and reaffirms Lendlease’s commitment to helping support the growth of Western Sydney.”

Mr Brown said that in addition to Lendlease’s history in the region, it was also currently at the forefront of some of the region’s most significant projects, including the development of the Western Sydney Airport, Northern Road and the Western Sydney Stadium.

“The success of Lendlease has been built around its focus on people, and the creation of places, and a commitment to deliver first-class developments that respond to the needs of its communities.

“For a region that has, at times, been let down by poor design and developers only interested in making a dollar, today’s announcement is a win not just for Western Sydney, but for the creation of better connected, liveable and sustainable communities.”

The new Lendlease Western Sydney Office includes smart, collaborative and flexible spaces for up to 100 employees. Lendlease’s international headquarters at Barangaroo South, Kingsgate in Brisbane and the new workplace at Melbourne Quarter, which opened earlier this month, have all informed the office’s design, which is underpinned by a team-based working environment.

Almost 40 percent of Lendlease’s Sydney workforce are based in Western Sydney.


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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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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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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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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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