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RA POLICY - Western Sydney of the Future Forum (Sydney)

29/06/2017 10:00 to 29/06/2017 14:30

Venue: Novotel Parramatta, 350 Church Street

The potential of western Sydney as an economic and social hub has long been acknowledged. But a lack of infrastructure and past planning mistakes have hampered the region from fully realising this enormous potential.

The coming of Sydney's second airport - and with it the upgrade of surrounding land transport infrastructure - is a game-changer for the west.  At the same time, a stronger focus on the importance of integrated land and transport planning and greater co-ordination and co-operation across agencies and tiers of government has created a groundswell of optimism that western Sydney's day is dawning.

At this forum, we looked more closely at the factors that are likely to shape Sydney's west down the track, and what subsequent opportunities and challenges might arise for those delivering the services and infrastructure of the future.

Our guest lunch speaker was the Hon Stuart Ayres, Minister for Western Sydney and Minister for WestConnex. There were also presentations from Transport for NSW, City of Parramatta, the Greater Sydney Commission and a panel discussion with representatives from industry and government. 


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Greg Woodhams, Greater Sydney Commission

Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Transport for NSW


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The Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP - Minister for Western Sydney, Minister for WestConnex

Stuart was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 2010 representing the electorate of Penrith.

He subsequently held the positions of Deputy Government Whip, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads and Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney before being appointed Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney in December 2013.

In April 2014, Stuart was again elevated to Minister for Sport and Recreation before adding Police and Emergency Services to his portfolio responsibilities.

In January this year he was appointed to his present portfolios of Western Sydney, WestConnex, and Sport.

Prior to being elected to the NSW Parliament, Stuart worked for Austereo, 2DayFM and Triple M radio stations, and the Australian College of Physical Education initially as Student Recruitment Manager and then later as Director of Marketing and Business Development.

He has a degree in Sports Business from the Australian College of Physical Education and has been heavily involved in the administration of local sport in western Sydney.

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