Business Sydney


24 February 2023

By David Jones | Public Affairs Manager, Business Sydney | Mob: 0448 285 996


Business Sydney is calling for the appointment of a senior ‘Minister for Sydney’ to reflect Sydney’s position as the nation’s only global city and to enhance its position as a great place to live, work and do business.

Appointing a Cabinet minister to champion Sydney’s development as the standout city in the Asia Pacific region leads Business Sydney’s ‘Top 10’ policy initiatives for the NSW Election on 25 March 2023.

Business Sydney released its election proposals at a business breakfast in Sydney attended by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and the city’s most influential corporate and media leaders.

Paul Nicolaou, Executive Director of Business Sydney, said Sydney was roaring back from the pandemic but there were gaps and challenges that needed to be addressed.

“Having a designated Cabinet-ranking Minister for Sydney is the best way to coordinate all the things that need to happen to make our city even more attractive to citizens and visitors alike,” Mr Nicolaou said.

“Business Sydney’s Top 10 policy proposals encompass economic, infrastructure, education and lifestyle opportunities to make Sydney an even better place to live, work and do business.”

Business Sydney election policy proposals also include:

  • Doubling the size of the CBD’s permanent population to 600,000 residents within 10 years
  • Building a STEM Centre of Excellence for senior students at the Tech Central precinct
  • Increasing funding for Destination NSW, the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner and Business Events Sydney to broaden ‘Brand Sydney’ attractions
  • Enhancing entertainment infrastructure with the construction of performance shells at The Domain, Parramatta and the Western Parklands
  • Developing the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park into a huge centre of entertainment, dining, retail, and recreation to attract Sydneysiders and tourists.

“We see our Top 10 policy initiatives as a blueprint to supercharge Sydney’s social and economic potential,” Mr Nicolaou said.

“We call upon leaders on both sides of the political aisle to embrace Business Sydney’s policy initiatives.”  

Download Business Sydney's Top 10 policy initiatives here

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David Jones

Public Affairs Manager

David is a Walkley Award-winning journalist with a distinguished career spanning more than half a century in print, television and radio journalism, political and corporate affairs and high-level media relations including incident and issues management. Media Enquiries - David Jones M: 0448 285 996