Western Sydney: priorities and challenges

Western Sydney: priorities and challenges

Jul 8
Join CEDA members and leaders from across Sydney’s West, for a discussion on how we ensure services and infrastructure keep pace with the region’s growth over the next decade.
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Philip Davies, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Deloitte
Michelle Rowland MP, Federal Member for Greenway, Shadow Minister for Communications
Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Vice-Chancellor and President, Australian Catholic University

Event Overview

With a population of 2.6 million, Greater Western Sydney is the third largest economy in Australia. The region has higher than average unemployment, lower than average salary levels, and 35 per cent of its population were born overseas.

With the population expected to grow to 3 million by 2036, identifying and implementing strategies to ensure that education, health, jobs, and infrastructure keep pace with population growth have to be priorities for the people and businesses of Western Sydney to thrive.

Join CEDA’s panel of leaders from government, education and industry to discuss the significant opportunities and challenges for Western Sydney.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.


Meet the speakers

Philip Davies
Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Deloitte

As the former CEO of Infrastructure Australia, Philip has a comprehensive understanding of the nationally significant investments and reforms Australia needs to meet a rapidly growing population and maintain Australian’s Quality of life, the connectivity of regional Australia and the liveability of our Cities.

Michelle Rowland MP
Federal Member for Greenway, Shadow Minister for Communications

Michelle was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 as the member for Greenway and was re-elected in 2013 and again in 2016. Michelle was promoted to the positions of Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism and Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications in 2013, and in 2015 was elevated to the Shadow Cabinet, appointed Shadow Minister for Small Business and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism. She was appointed to her current portfolio in 2016. Prior to entering politics Michelle was a senior lawyer, specialising in competition and regulation in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

Professor Zlatko Skrbis
Vice-Chancellor and President, Australian Catholic University

Zlatko is the fourth Vice-Chancellor and President of Australian Catholic University (ACU), a position he has held since January 2021. He joined ACU in 2018 and has also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Innovation) and Interim Provost. He previously held senior leadership positions at Monash University and The University of Queensland.

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