Business Western Sydney

Recent events

Aside from the 40+ member events per year, Business Western Sydney also hosts a series of conferences and seminars open to the general public which attract international experts to discuss global best practice and how those lessons can be applied to Western Sydney. 

October 2022

  • We hosted a boardroom luncheon with the Hon. John Graham Mlc, Shadow Special Minister of State, Shadow Minister for Roads, Shadow Minister for Arts, Night Time Economy and Music, Shadow Minister for the North Coast.

September 2022

  • NSW Leader of the Opposition, Chris Minns MP, joined us for a member luncheon.
  • We joined the Business Council of Australia in hosting Stronger Western Sydney 2022, which was broadcast live on Sky News.
  • We hosted a Business Improvement Districts morning tea with the Hon. Rob Stokes MP,  Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Cities, and Minister for Active Transport.

August 2022

  • Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, joined us for an economic policy update.
  • The new federal members of the GPOP region, Andrew Charlton MP, Sally Sitou MP and Jerome Laxale MP, joined us to talk their first days in office and their plans to collaborate for the region.
  • David Harris MP, Shadow Minister for Jobs, Investment and Tourism, and Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, Greg Warren MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government and Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, and Liesl Tesh MP, Member for Gosford, joined us to talk working closer to home.
  • Jo Haylen MP, Shadow Minister for Transport, joined us for a boardroom luncheon.
  • We hosted the Western Sydney Remade roundtable with 6 industry leaders speaking.
  • Dr Andrew Charlton MP joined us for a workshop to form local priorities for the National Jobs Summit
  • We hosted a Neighbourhood Retail & Amenity Workshop.

July 2022

  • Peter Regan, Chief Executive of Sydney Metro, joined us to talk Metro West.
  • Anoulack Chanthivong MP, Shadow Minister for Finance, and Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade, joined us for a boardroom luncheon

June 2022

  • The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Cities, and Minister for Active Transport, joined us to talk active transport policy.
  • Susan Pearce, the new Secretary of NSW Health, joined us for a boardroom luncheon.
  • We hosted a forum on land lease living in Western Sydney
  • The Hon Matt Kean MP, Treasurer of NSW, and the Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney, joined us for the annual NSW State Budget Breakfast

May 2022

  • The new Secretary of the Dpartment of Premier & Cabinet (DPC), Michael Coutts-Trotter, joined us to discuss his first few months in the role.
  • Graham "Richo" Richardson AO, Michael Photios, Fiona Scott, and Darrin Barnett hosted a Federal Election 2022 Debate
  • The Hon. Natalie Ward MLC, Minister for Metropolitan Roads, joined us for a boardroom luncheon. 
  • Clr Donna Davis, Lord Mayor of Parramatta, joined us to discuss her vision for Parramatta.
  • We hosted the NextGenWest Central River City Panel.

April 2022

  • The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, and Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Treasurer, joined us for our annual Federal Budget Luncheon
  • Over 20 speakers including The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, the Hon Geoff Lee MP, Lang Walker AO and Professor Barney Glover AO joined us for our annual GPOP! (Greater Parramatta & Olympic Peninsula) Conference
  • Paul Scully MP, Shadow Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, briefed members on NSW Labor's vision for the planning portfolio. 
  • Ann Sherry AOMadison de Rozario OAMChloe Dalton OAMCatherine Canulli and Helen Hamilton-James held a discussion on leadership, mentorship and empowering women's participation in the workforce. 

March 2022

  • The Hon Alister Henskens SC MP, Minister for Skills and Training, and Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology, joined us as we launched our Closer to Talent report. 
  • The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, breifed members on Federal Government programs to help supporting the return of international students and working holiday makers (worth $3.1 billion), and temporary visa settings to help employers address skills and talent gaps.
  • The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Cities, and Minister for Active Transport, and Chris Minns MP, NSW Leader of the Opposition, joined us to launch the Funding the Infrastructure of Tomorrow report. 
  • We conviened our quarterly Western Sydney Economic Recovery Taskforce meeting

February 2022

  • Stephen Rue, CEO of NBN Co, joined us to talk the future of provisioning digital infrastructure Western Sydney.
  • Roch Cheroux, Managing Director of Sydney Water, launched the Urban Plunge program, designed to accelerate the delivery of more swimming and recreation opportunities in the rivers, creeks, lakes and inlets in Western Sydney.

December 2021

  • We hosted a 6 Month Review of our Westmead Conference to with guest speakers including Secretary of NSW Heath Elizabeth Koff, Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission Geoff Roberts AM, Vice Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University Prof Barney Glover AO, CEO of Western Sydney Local Health District Graeme Loy, CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission Elizabeth Mildwater, CEO of the City of Parramatta Brett Newman, CEO of NSW Health Infrastructure Rebecca Wark and many more. 
  • The Hon Don Harwin MLC, Minister for the Arts, joined us for a Western Sydney Arts & Cultural Facilities update.
  • Kiersten Fishburn, Secretary of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment joined us to talk about how her first 100 days in the role were tracking.
  • NSW Leader of the Opposition, Chris Minns MP, and Shadow Treasurer The Hon. Daniel Mookhey MLC, joined our members for Business Western Sydney's annual Christmas drinks.

November 2021

  • Chief  Executive of Sydney Metro, Peter Regan, joined us to discuss the procurement, construction and delivery of Australia’s first fully-automated metro rail network. 

October 2021

  • Guy Chalkley, Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, Dr Sarah Hill, Matthew Scard and Scott Ryan joined us to discuss how Endeavour Energy is preparing for renewable and reliable energy future.
  • Cate Cambpell OAMMadison de Rozario, Ellie Carpenter, Melissa Wu, Georgie Rowe, The Hon Natalie Ward MLC, Christine McLoughlin AM and Mim Haysom joined us to discuss resilience and lockdown recovery. 
  • Tim Reardon, Deputy CEO, Global Client Services, Austrade discussed the post-COVID international economy and Austrade's preparations for the game-changing opening of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.  

September 2021

  • NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns MP joined us to discuss NSW Labor's Western Sydney Priorities
  • Minister for Planning & Public Spaces, The Hon Rob Stokes MP, had a wide-ranging talk with members on all things planning policy in Western Sydney
  • Tim Reardon, Secretary of the Department of Premier & Cabinet, discussed how DPC have been delivering the government's priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Anita Mitchell, CEO of Placemaking NSW, talked us through the work her organisation is doing
  • Minister for Energy & Environment, The Hon Matt Kean MP, discussed building a greener Western Sydney.
  • Rob Sharp, Secretary of Transport for NSW, provided a Western Sydney transport infrastructure pipeline update.  

August 2021

  • Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, briefed members on the State Government's response to the Greater Sydney lockdown, the path to reopening and what business can do to prepare.
  • Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, The Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP,  talked skilling in the post-COVID economy.
  • Rohan Taylor, Head Coach of the Australian Swim Team, discussed success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and enabling a successful team culture.
  • The Hon Nick Greiner AC, Consul General for Australia, New York and North East USA, briefed members on how New York has reopened its economy post-lockdowns.
  • National Rugby League (NRL) CEO Andrew Abdo and ARLC Commissioner Kate Jones joined us to talk women in leadership.

July 2021

  • Federal Treasurer The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP briefed members on the Federal Government's response to the Greater Sydney lockdown. 
  • New South Wales Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant and NSW Treasury Secretary Michael Pratt AM delivered a member briefing on the State Governments response to the Delta Variant outbreak and Greater Sydney lockdown. 
  • Kerrie Mather briefed members on Venues NSW, their Western Sydney Stadium strategy and plans to energise the visitor economy post-lockdown. 
  • Professor Sarah Palmer and Professor Tony Cunningham AM held a special webinar on COVID-19: Vaccines and Variants, The Lockdown Update.
  • The Minerva Network and a whole cast of Olympic & Paralympic Legends including Louise Sauvage OAM, Madison de Rozario, Jane Waldburger, Alicia Lucas OAM and Daniel Kowalski OAM helped us celebrate Green & Gold day and Women in the Olympics. 

June 2021

  • The future of the Australian Media Landscape with Ita Buttrose AC OBE, Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Western Sydney Education Update with The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning 
  • Western Sydney Health Infrastructure Update with Rebecca Wark, Chief Executive, Health Infrastructure NSW

May 2021

  • The launch of our Closer to Home report with The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney
  • Federal Budget Luncheon with The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, and Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Treasurer. 
  • Build-to-rent with Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, CEO of Mirvac
  • Planning Delivery with Kiersten Fishburn, Coordinator General, Planning Delivery Unit, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Western Sydney's Night Time Economy with Michael Rodrigues, NSW 24-Hour Economy Commissioner

April 2021

  • NSW opposition policy update from Jodi McKay MP, NSW Leader of the Opposition
  • Western Sydney School Infrastructure Strategy with Anthony Manning, CEO of School Infrastructure NSW
  • Update on COVID Vaccine Safety with Professor Tony Cunningham and Professor Sarah Palmer of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research 

March 2021

  • We hosted our Westmead Health & Innovation District Conference, with over 30 speakers and 200 attendees.
  • A financial policy update from Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia

February 2021

  • Airport progress update from Simon Hickey, Chief Executive Officer of Western Sydney Airport Co.
  • An introduction to Elizabeth Mildwater, new Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Sydney Commission
  • An update from David Chandler OAM, NSW Building Commissioner

December 2020

  • End of Year Networking Drinks with Senator The Hon Marise Payne, Foreign Minister and Minister for Women
  • COVID-19 and Vaccine Research update Webinar with the Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  • Vocational Training and Job Pathways Luncheon with The Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP, Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education
  • Public Spaces Luncheon with The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning

November 2020

  • NSW Budget Review with The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, Treasurer of NSW and The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs and Investment, and Minister for Western Sydney
  • Western Parkland City Place-based Infrastructure Compact update with Liz Dibbs, Western City District Commissioner and Natalie Camilleri, Executive Director City Planning Infrastructure, Greater Sydney Commission
  • Western Sydney Economic Recovery Taskforce

October 2020

  • Premier's Luncheon with The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW
  • Federal Budget Luncheon with The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications & The Arts and Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers MP
  • Western Parkland City Authority update with Dr Sarah Hill, Chief Executive Officer and Jennifer Westacott AO, Chair, Western Parkland City Authority
  • COVID-19 update with the Westmead Institute for Medical Research

September 2020

  • Western Parkland City Utilities 2030 with Stephen Rue, Chief Executive Officer, NBN Co, Roch Cheroux, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Water, Guy Chalkley, Chief Executive Officer, Endeavour Energy, Tim Poole, Chief Operating Officer, Western Parkland City Authority, and more.
  • Western Sydney Jobs Deficit with Professor Phillip O’Neal, Western Sydney University, Lindy Deitz General Manager, Campbelltown City Council and Kerry Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Blacktown City Council
  • Research and Development with the University of Sydney
  • Western Sydney Economic Recovery Taskforce

August 2020

  • Advanced Manufacturing with The University of Sydney
  • Health Innovation Precincts with Elizabeth Koff, Secretary, NSW Health
  • NSW Government Update with Tim Reardon, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • TAFE Jobtrainer Program with The Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP, Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education and Steffen Faurby, Chief Executive Officer, TAFE NSW
  • Banking Sector update with Anna Bligh AC, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Banking Association

July 2020

  • COVID Research and Vaccine update with Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  • Greater Sydney Commission post-COVID Priorities with Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts
  • Planning Reforms with The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning
  • Federal Mini-budget with Nicky Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics, and Warren Hogan, Industry Professor, UTS Business School
  • Western Sydney Economic Recovery Taskforce

June 2020

  • National COVID Response with The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Minister for Infrastructure
  • Western Parkland City with The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs and Investment, and Minister for Western Sydney
  • Innovation in Response to a Pandemic with The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Customer Service
  • The Future of Water and Housing with The Hon Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Housing, Water and Property
  • Exploring the Bankstown to Liverpool Metro Extension with Lee de Winton, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Metro Airports
  • COVID Impact on the Commercial Property Market with Robbie Robertson, Partner, Deloitte and Natalie Slessor, General Manager Workplace and Change, Lendlease

May 2020

  • Responding to the Pandemic with Jodi McKay MP, NSW Leader of the Opposition
  • The Roadmap to Recovery with John Daley, Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute and Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney
  • Opposition COVID Response with Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Treasurer
  • Community Housing with The Hon Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services
  • Streamlining Planning with Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment
  • Western Sydney Economic Recovery Taskforce

April 2020

  • Economic Update with The Hon Damian Tudehope MP, Minister for Finance and Small Business
  • Skills and Education during COVID The Hon Sarah Mitchell MP, Minister for Education and The Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP, Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education
  • Sydney Olympic Park update with The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Sam Romaniuk, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Olympic Park Authority
  • Powerhouse Parramatta briefing with Lisa Havilah, Chief Executive, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
  • Western Sydney Transport with Elizabeth Mildwater, Deputy Secretary, Transport for NSW
  • Major Infrastructure Pipeline with Simon Draper, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure NSW
  • Skilling the Workforce post-COVID with The Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP, Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education
  • Western Sydney Economic Recovery Taskforce

March 2020

  • Roundtable luncheon with Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Metro
  • NSW Economic Outlook with Stephen Walters, Chief Economist, NSW Treasury

February 2020

  • Briefing and networking drinks with Andrew Jackson, Head of Western Sydney Planning Partnerships
  • Roundtable luncheon with The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications and The Arts

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