Our director Rocco Furfaro was invited to attend The Daily Telegraph Future Western Sydney Summit at Rosehill Racecourse. Rocco, along with a small room of industry professionals, leaders and politicians, was provided with some exciting insight into the future of Western Sydney via keynotes from both the NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and opposition leader Chris Minns.
Both leaders attended the event, laying down their vision of the state, focusing on making life easier in the fastest-growing region in the country, Western Sydney.
Several significant initiatives were presented across the board, with premier Dominic Perrottet promising to go ahead with major infrastructure works in Western Sydney in his opening address.
Mr Perrottet revealed that he would build 84 rapid buses to run from the western Sydney Airport and plans for additional metro connects. Such connections include Tallawong to St Marys, the new Airport to Macarthur, Bankstown to Glenfield via Liverpool and most importantly, Westmead to the airport, which will be the first direct railway connection between Parramatta’s thriving CBD and Western Parkland City.
Opposingly, Chris Minns used his opening address to declare education, health and conditions for renters to improve in Western Sydney while further detailing his $1.1 billion roads package for new and upgraded roads.
Mr Minns revealed that more than $1 billion would be pumped into NSW roads across Sydney, with Labor making a major pledge to prioritise local roads over tolled motorways.
Labor has already committed $50 million to build and upgrade Fifteenth Avenue in Austral to service the new airport and $20 million to expedite delivery of the Tripoli Way in Albion Park.
The summit also included a Panel discussion between industry leaders, including Professor Andy Marks (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Strategy, Government and Alliances, Western Sydney University), Jade Clarke (Head of Westpac DataX, Westpac Group) and Janice Lee (Partner, Infrastructure, PwC). The discussion further dwelled on the importance of infrastructure and government initiatives in Western Sydney’s growth.
Rocco managed to chat one-on-one with Professor Andy Marks about Furfaro Architect’s current projects, potential future collaboration, his insights into government initiatives and infrastructure projects, and the importance of shaping Western Sydney into a place where people will want to live and work.
The growing focus on Western Sydney as a region is an exciting step forward in the growth and development of our state, and we believe it is a sign of great things to come.
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