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Special Guests:

There is no better way to drive Sydney's economic recovery than in the places that offer the greatest drive return. Creating and curating specific precincts that attract, people, talent, industry and investment provide the opportunity to give us a greater social and economic return while also cutting red tape and liberalising our land use regulations.  From the Tech precinct at Central Station, Pyrmont, Circular Quay to Westmead Innovation District, a precinct approach provides opportunities for greater collaboration, connectivity and greater certainty. 

Join us for an engaging discussion on one of the Premier's critical objectives  to 'super charge new hubs across NSW' . Our panel of experts will address critical success factors, new and better ways of delivering outcomes and what the pathway ahead for key precincts looks like.

Thank you to our digital partner: AECOM

Special Guest:

The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces

COVID 19 has fundamentally changed how our city works, from the use of buildings and infrastructure, to modes of transport and the prioritisation of land and projects.The State Government has take steps to ease the burden of planning red tape, improve the timeliness and transparency of development, and fast track projects to help drive our economic recovery.

Join us for a conversation with the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces  The Rob Stokes MP, to hear more and to share your ideas as to how we can continue to reform the State's planning framework to improve the design, development and delivery of public and private spaces and places.

Thank you to our digital partner: AECOM

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COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on Sydney, both through the virus itself and the restrictions and measures put in place to contain and manage its spread.

These challenges and changes provide the opportunity for State and local governments, businesses, community organisations to do things differently and to reshape, realign and reinvigorate our City.

From travel, work patterns, lifestyle and digital services the Greater Sydney Commission has collected and analysed data from across a broad range of stakeholder to understand the changes and the impacts of Covid -19 on our City.  

Join us for a briefing with Geoff Roberts, Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission to hear these unique insights and importantly, discuss the opportunities for collaboration with business to meet the challenges and create a stronger global Sydney.

Thank you to our digital partner: ARCADIS

Special Guest:

The Hon Andrew Constance MP, Minister for Transport and Roads

Mobility in a COVID environment has changed our City's transport requirements, demand and patterns. How we respond to adapt and how we plan for the future will mean adapting what we have and potentially trialling new approaches and modes. Join us for a conversation with the Minister for Transport and Roads, The Andrew Constance MP, to hear more and contribute to shaping our transport priorities under COVID-19 restrictions-operations and creating opportunities to keep our City moving over the long term.

 

Special Guest:

The year 2020 has been like no other from drought, fire and flood to the health and economic impact of the pandemic. The challenges and changes have tested the State, the City, and business.

From jobs, infrastructure, investment and industry development there is much to do to get our State back on track. The annual Premier’s briefing for Sydney First members where she will share with us the path ahead and what government settings, priorities and plans are in place to ensure NSW is the number one State.

Thank you to our digital partner: AWARE SUPER

Special Guest:

The year 2020 has been like no other from drought, fire and flood to the health and economic impact of the pandemic. The challenges and changes have tested the State, the City, and business.

From jobs, infrastructure, investment and industry development there is much to do to get our State back on track. The annual Premier’s briefing for Sydney First members where she will share with us the path ahead and what government settings, priorities and plans are in place to ensure NSW is the number one State.

Thank you to our digital partner: AWARE SUPER

Special Guest:

David Chandler OAM, NSW Building Commissioner, NSW Department of Customer Service 

Building and construction is a key driver to economic recovery in NSW. Projects large and small, are being accelerated, critical reforms are being made to the planning system to remove red tape, and steps are have been made to streamline delivery processes. Equally important is the integrity of the construction industry, an industry that the community has confidence in how buildings are designed and constructed and how they perform. With over forty years experience in the construction industry David Chandler was appointed as NSW Building Commissioner in 2019 and has been focused on reforming the industry to make it better, smarter, more efficient and customer facing.

From regulation, ratings systems, building skills and capabilities to enhanced procurement and technology integration there is a broad and beneficial transformation agenda.

Join us for a round table discussion on the progress and pathway to create a more capable construction industry.

Thank you to our digital partner: Billbergia

Special Guest:

The Covid-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of our city, our systems and our citizens. 

In the face of COVID and previous disasters – bushfires, drought, flood - lessons have been learnt, measures made and changes identified to prevent, prepare and recover from any crisis which impacts NSW. As the first commissioner of a new government agency, Reslience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons oversees and co-ordinates the emergency management policy, service delivery and all aspects of disaster recovery at a state, national and international level.

Join us for a critical and timely discussion on business emergency management policy for disaster preparedness and recovery at a state, national and international level and how business can prevent, prepare, and recover from crisis. 

Thank you to our digital partner: Laing O'Rourke

Special Guest:

The Hon Gladys Berejiklian, MP, Premier of NSW 

Over the past three years as Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian has driven economic growth, delivery of major infrastructure projects, and improvements in transport, jobs and prosperity for the people and businesses of NSW. The impact of the recent bush fires, drought and COVID pandemic has challenged and changed our State like never before.

Join us for an exclusive Sydney First member online forum with the NSW Premier Local Government Minister to hear about the government plans for the road ahead, key priorities and how business can be a part of the solution.

Thank you to our digital partner: LAING O'ROURKE

pecial Guest:

The Hon Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing

Housing availability, affordability and accessibility has always been a critical issue for Sydney and the State. This has become even more critical as we navigate through the health and economic challenges brought about by COVID 19 and respond to the environmental, population and affordability changes and the preferences and needs of the community.

The NSW Government has released a Housing Discussion Paper to inform a 20 year plan to the ensure the State has right type of housing was delivered in the right location. 

Join us for a conversation with the Minister for Housing, The Hon Melinda Pavey MP, to discuss the Housing policy directions and actions of the NSW Government and have input into shaping the Housing Strategy and priorities.

Thank you to our digital partner: lendlease

Special Guests:

  • Paul Graham, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Woolworths Group     
  • Susie Harwood, Executive Director Freight, Transport for NSW  
  • Marika Calfas, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports
  • Dr Neil Temperley, Future Cities Data & Technology Strategy; Transport & Logistics; Clusters & Living Labs  

Greater Sydney plays a critical role in moving goods efficiently and effectively from our major land, sea and air hubs to their ultimate destination is integral to the economic recovery, prosperity, and sustainability. This requires seamless connectivity to local infrastructure, creating opportunities for shared use of rail networks, collaboration between public and private stakeholders, integrated land use planning and management and leveraging of data, digitisation, and automation. 

Join us for a highly relevant and robust discussion on innovating and improving how we move goods right along.

Thank you to our digital partner: MOOREBANK INTERMODAL COMPANY

Special Guest:

The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney

From employment, education, and entertainment to culture, accommodation and transport, the Visitor Economy is critical to the economic health of our State and our City.

This special briefing provides you with the opportunity to raise issues and have direct input into the State's plans for the recovery and rebuilding of an industry that matters to lives and livelihoods.

Thank you to our digital partner: ​SYD Sydney's Airport

Special Guests:

  • Andrew Head, CEO WestConnex, Transurban
  • Leilani Frew, CEO of the Australian Government’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

Over the last decade, there has been significant public and private investment in major infrastructure in Sydney. From transport, health, education, water, and cultural, sporting and environmental infrastructure, these major projects have cleared the backlog, supported population growth, and delivered economic and social benefits to the community and the City. Critical to the success of these projects has been collaborations between State and Federal Government and partnerships between the public and private sector. As we turn to construction and development as a key driver for economic recovery and stability now is the time to learn from past projects and look to ways to accelerate and enhance delivery.

Join us for insights and reflections on what it takes to get the job done and what can we do to enhance project delivery with two leaders in infrastructure, Andrew Head, CEO WestConnex, Transurban  and Leilani Frew CEO of the Australian Government’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency.

Thank you to our digital partner: WestConnext | Transurban

Special Guests: 

Our businesses, and cities, are constantly changing. Although 2020 has been a challenging year for most, it has made possible changes and innovations that will create a new landscape in which business can adapt and grow.

As Sydney addresses the significant economic challenges brought on by the pandemic, the question arises as to the ‘best’ approach for cities and business to interact, develop, and implement sustainable solutions.

Drawing on a range of experts across business, government and leading academics from the University Sydney, our upcoming ‘Business Adaption and Innovation’ forum aims to explore the how, why, and when of business changes and how this relates to the dynamics of a city such as Sydney.

Join us for this timely discussion on change, adapting, and the interaction between business and built environment.

Thank you to our strategic partner:  The University of Sydney.

Special Guest:

Research and development is a major source of innovation and an important driver of economic growth. R&D activities not only drive jobs and investment but also support improved health and social well-being and better planning for the future. Now more than ever, we need to collaborate across universities, industry, startups and government to foster an ecosystem that can capture and commercialise innovation.

Join The Hon Gabrielle Upton, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier to discuss your views and vision for enhancing innovation in NSW.

Thank you to our digital partner: The University of Sydney

Special Guests:

COVID-19 is impacting not only the way we work but also the workforce. While the labour market had been steadily changing the cognitive, behavioural and technical skills needed and demanded, the pandemic has put a new lens on people and skills needed now and into the future.

Join our special guests from the University of Sydney, Professor John Buchanan, Head of the Discipline of Business Analytics and Dr Hayley Fisher Academic Director – Post-Bachelor and Continuing Education, for a discussion exploring the current and predicted trends in the workforce, the major challenges ahead and strategies to address development and risk.

Thank you to our digital partner: The University of Sydney