2019 Future Forums

The Future Forum Series is an initiative of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue bringing together a cohort of big thinkers to discuss issues affecting the growth cities of Greater Western Sydney and is designed to channel community views into our GWS2050 regional future-proofing initiative, in partnership with WSU and Deloitte.

The Dialogue has curated these workshops with leaders across a range of sectors, including business, government, community and tourism to raise awareness of the key challenges and opportunities in the region. Previous events have focussed on water sustainability, health & innovation precincts, governance and community infrastructure.

Understanding and addressing the cost of poor health and social disadvantage in GWS

Friday, 1 March 2019

We will aim to better understand why residents in Greater Western Sydney (or to the west of Sydney’s ‘latte line’) have a shorter life expectancy, are dealing with a higher incidence of preventable disease, including diabetes, and more likely to be victims of violent crime.

Exploring the Reputation & Perception of Greater Western Sydney

Thursday, 30 May 2019

This forum will focus on the reputation and perception of Greater Western Sydney, where we will look to better understand some of the factors that are influencing ‘brand Western Sydney’ and explore how we can address some of the perception issues impacting its growth, particularly when it comes to visitation and corporate investment.

Integrated Utilities and a New Urban Environment for Greater Western Sydney

Friday, 11 October 2019

Our event will focus on the challenges facing GWS’s water, waste and electricity infrastructure and delivery systems, in particular the exacerbating effects of rising temperatures, ongoing drought, and the recent impact on Australia’s waste management sector of China’s ‘National Sword’ policy. We will discuss the transition to fully integrated utility networks.