Sydney Olympic Park Authority Merged with Place Management NSW
In recent months a lot of work has been undertaken to rationalise and align several functions and Boards across government, and it was decided that the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Board would be dissolved on Friday, 14 February 2020. The functions and assets of SOPA now fall under the Place Management NSW Board and the direction of Sam Romaniuk, CEO of Place Management NSW. The SOPA team have merged with Place Management NSW within the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
As such, Sydney Olympic Park joins other Place Management precincts including Darling Harbour, The Rocks, King Street Wharf Promenade, Parramatta Justice Precinct, The Goods Line and Ballast Point Park – Walama.
These changes see significant governance adjustments occurring at SOPA as part of the broader ongoing Machinery of Government changes. CEO of SOPA for the last three years, Charles Moore, left the organisation on Friday, 14 February.
Charles said, ‘’I am sad to be leaving the business at such a crucial juncture for Sydney Olympic Park and more broadly Western Sydney. I am also incredibly proud of the enormous amount of success that SOPA has achieved under my stewardship”.
Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment noted, “Charles brought strong property expertise to SOPA and has played a significant role in revitalising Sydney Olympic Park. It’s a testament to SOPA’s success that the Park welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually.”
Sam Romaniuk has more than 20 years’ experience in strategy, portfolio management, and corporate development. As CEO of Place Management NSW, he has made a significant difference to the management of Sydney’s key foreshore assets and is well positioned to ensure a successful integration of the functions of SOPA and Place Management.
Allison Taylor, CEO of the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association, said, “Charles has been terrific for Sydney Olympic Park with notable achievements in his three years as CEO of SOPA. I will miss his constructive engagement with the Business Association and the wider Olympic Park community and wish him all the best for the next part of his career.”