Future Forum

The Future Forum series is an initiative of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue (the Dialogue) to bring together a cohort of big thinkers to discuss issues affecting our growth cities of the West.

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Integrated Utilities and a
New Urban Environment for Greater Western Sydney

This Future Forum was held on Friday 11 October 2019 at the Deloitte office in Parramatta. This Forum attempted to address the evolution of a new 'Smart City' urban environment, in which the planning and operational demands of utility provision, infrastructure design and delivery, environmental sustainability and cultural amenity are fully integrated and reinforcing. Discussion focussed on the practical impact of factors like climate change and the ongoing drought, technological and utility market disruption, and rapid population growth. 

Exploring the Reputation & Perception of
Greater Western Sydney

This Future Forum was held on Thursday 30 May 2019 at the Deloitte office in Parramatta. The forum focussed on the reputation and perception of Greater Western Sydney, where we will look to better understand some of the key factors that influence the perception or “brand” of Western Sydney. Through discussions and presentations, we attempted to address and explore some of the perception issues impacting growth in GWS, particularly regarding visitation and corporate investment.   

Thank you to our event sponsors; the City of Canterbury-Bankstown and Deloitte.


Understanding and addressing the cost of poor health
and social disadvantage in Greater Western Sydney

The fifth Future Forum was held on Friday 1 March 2019 at the Peter Shergold Building, Parramatta CBD Campus, Western Sydney University, ‘Understanding and addressing the cost of poor health and social disadvantage in Greater Western Sydney.’ Below you can find a copy of the post-event wrap as well as slides from presentations on the day.

Building and Financing Our Community Infrastructure

Our fourth Future Forum examined the importance of Community Infrastructure and how we can unlock and leverage local investment to support the changing needs of Greater Western Sydney.

Federal & State governments are responsible for the delivery of major infrastructure such as airports, stadia, motorways, museums, hospitals, universities, national parks, power lines, dams and railways. However, at this Future Forum, we will focus on the smaller, local projects that drive our communities such as pools, hotels, aged care facilities, theatres, public art, men's sheds, sporting fields, children's playgrounds, community gardens, bike paths, libraries, soup kitchens and parklands - which are the domain of local Councils, private developers, registered clubs, faith-based groups and community organisations.

The video of Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre is available to view here, while the Flinders Centre’s video will be available to be viewed here.