A is for August and A is for the Business Association’s AGM. I hope Members have diarised the date and time and can stay for the post meeting networking drinks and nibbles. These social occasions are a great way to connect with other Olympic Park businesses and organisations. Importantly, please note that there is a change of venue. The date and time remain the same – Thursday, 22 August, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – but the new venue is the Echelon Room at the Pullman Hotel. The full details are on our website AGM
Last week I attended a breakfast with the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack sponsored by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the NSW Business Chamber. The breakfast included a Q&A with Romilly Madew, CEO Infrastructure Australia, Stephen Cartwright, CEO NSW Business Chamber and James Pearson, CEO Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Michael McCormack discussed the government’s record $100 billion investment in transport infrastructure projects over the next 10 years across Australia. He noted that this rolling pipeline of infrastructure projects will help manage our growing population, meet our national freight challenge and get Australians home sooner and safer. I had the opportunity to meet the Deputy Prime Minister and personally reinforce the need for a Federal funding commitment to Metro West as the most pressing transport infrastructure project for Olympic Park and the greater Parramatta region.
The Business Association now has a seat at the newly formed Sydney Olympic Park Transport Forum. Led by Marg Prendergast – Coordinator General for Transport Coordination at Transport for NSW – the forum brings together many agencies and organisations with an interest in the transport issues facing our precinct. Although there are major transport projects in the pipeline such as Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 and Metro West, this new forum is charged with examining the precinct’s current situation and ensuring its maximum transport potential in the interim.
In collaboration with Sydney Olympic Park Authority and a planning committee of representatives from several organisations within the Park, I have been working to establish a women’s forum to connect, celebrate and champion the many amazing women who live, work and study in this unique suburb. The Women’s Network – Sydney Olympic Park will be launched next month and once details are confirmed and communicated, we encourage you to share this information with your networks and throughout your organisation. The Facebook Page is now live and you are most welcome to connect with us here. https://www.facebook.com/SOPWomensNetwork/
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at our AGM and networking drinks at the Pullman Hotel on 22 August.