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Sydney re-discvovered – A Metropolis of 5 Cities

27 October 2021, Wednesday
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


In the context of COVID-19 and the climate crisis, working together to shape a positive future for Greater Sydney has never been more important. This event brings together leading city-shapers to reflect on the ‘three cities model’ of Greater Sydney and will highlight the latent opportunities of districts and regions such as the South in supporting the future success of Sydney.

Register today to join the biggest conversation around how the future of Greater Sydney could be rediscovered. 


We are pleased to announce Ellen Fanning, award-winning journalist and co-host of ABC TV’s The Drum, as MC. In her 30 years as an award winning public affairs journalist, Ellen Fanning has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Sir John Grey Gorton to Scott Morrison.

She has reported politics from Canberra to the White House while her broader career has taken her to locations as diverse as the North Pole, an airline refueling fighter jets over Bosnia and a Collins Class submarine deep in the Indian Ocean.

She spent the first ten years of her career at the ABC where she presented both the AM and PM current affairs radio programs. She also served as the ABC’s Washington correspondent.

She was later a reporter on the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes and the last presenter of Nine’s Sunday program.


Hear from Peter Poulet , Central City District Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission about the next iteration of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and District Plans.

Dr Tim Williams will provide a keynote address. Dr Williams is a self-confessed lover of cities and is recognised as an international expert in the fields of urban renewal, policy and city strategy, with a practical focus on governance and getting things done. He has advised governments at ministerial level and executives from the public and private sectors in both the UK and Australia.

He was CEO of the Committee for Sydney between 2011 and the end of 2017. Most recently he has been Head of Cities for Arup in Australasia and now has a part time role leading on cities for Grimshaw Architects. He is also Director of Publicani where he advises government and the private sector of city strategy and economic development.

The event will feature insights from our esteemed panelists and ‘provocateurs’

o David Borger – Executive Director, Business Western Sydney, member of the Placemaking NSW Advisory Board

o Gail Connolly – General Manager, Georges River Council

o Adam Zarth – Executive Director, Business Illawarra

o Professor Roberta Ryan – University of Newcastle, Western Sydney Aerotropolis Independent Community Commissioner, Director of the Hunter Research Foundation Centre

o Roderick Simpson – Director, simpson + wilson architects, former Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

o Adriane Whiley – Greater Sydney Commission South District Youth Panel, Planning Officer, NSW Ports


Georges River Council
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