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Thursday 7 April
Conference: 8:30AM to 1:00PM
Luncheon: 1:00PM to 2:30PM

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us at GPOP!22, which will take place at Waterview, Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday 7 April.


The GPOP! conference series is the premier gathering of key stakeholders in business, community and government to spotlight the opportunities and challenges facing the Olympic Peninsula. Complementary to our Westmead conference series, the GPOP!22 conference will focus on the future opportunities for Parramatta CBD, Parramatta River Communities and Sydney Olympic Park.

The population for the City of Parramatta was conservatively forecast to increase by 253,285 persons (108.04% growth between 2016 and 2041), at an average annual change rate of 2.97%.


Transport projects like Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 and 2 and Sydney Metro West will strengthen the connection between Sydney and Parramatta, and between Parramatta and its surrounding communities making it a more attractive destination for jobs and investment. Smart placemaking and improving transport connectivity to the Olympic Peninsula are the key pillars to ensure that the precinct can reach its full potential as a residential, employment and entertainment super precinct.

At our last event we launched a blueprint, Relight the Flame: A five point plan to complete the Sydney Olympic vision, which set out some of the key priorities for the precinct.


While some of those visions have been realised, the pandemic also changed government thinking. The aim of this event is to bring the attention back to the centre of the city and address unfinished business, with our sessions designed to explore themes such as:


  • How do we continue to build on the billion dollars of public and private investment in GPOP?​

  • What will the long term impact of COVID be on the future of work and the growth of Sydney’s central city?

  • What are the missing pieces that are needed to build a dynamic 24 hour economy that supports work, leisure and play locally?

  • What are the roles of brownfields sites like Camellia in expanding the residential and employment footprint of Parramatta?

  • How do we lock in the legacy of the best Olympic Games ever and finally deliver on the potential of Sydney Olympic Park as a lifestyle super precinct?


With presentations from some of the best minds in Australia, this conference will focus on the strategy of making Greater Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park great places to attract investment and people.


We hope you can join us.

David Borger
Executive Director

Business Western Sydney

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Allison Taylor

Chief Executive Officer
Sydney Olympic Park Business Association

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Formerly known as the Western Sydney Business Chamber, Business Western Sydney is the region’s peak business advocacy organisation representing a regional economic footprint in the tens of billions.


Our members include the CEOs, chairs and leading executives from more than 110 top global businesses, major Australian corporations, local not-for-profits and government agencies with a significant presence in Western Sydney. As a not-for-profit organisation, we focus on bringing together business and industry with government to create communities of shared interest for the benefit of Western Sydney.



The Sydney Olympic Park Business Association Inc. is an independent membership-based body representing the interests of companies, organisations and stakeholders of Sydney Olympic Park and surrounding suburbs.

Established in 2000, our mission is to maximise the potential of this iconic precinct and address issues and opportunities to ensure its growth, access and sustainability by advocating and influencing key decision makers to meet the collective needs of our members.

The Business Association works closely with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, contributing to continuous improvements aligned with the Masterplan 2030 (Review 2018), the SOP2050 Vision project, and the Greater Sydney Commission’s vision for Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP).


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Conference Introduction
David Borger
Executive Director, Business Western Sydney
Acknowledgement of Country
Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council
Lord Mayor's Welcome
Clr. Donna Davis
Lord Mayor, City of Parramatta
Future Parramatta
Brett Newman
CEO, City of Parramatta
Unfinished Business: Completing the Tapestry of the Parramatta CBD

Lang Walker AO
Executive Chair, Walker Corporation

Professor Barney Glover AO
Vice Chancellor & President, Western Sydney University

Lisa Havilah
CEO, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences 

Hannah Slater
NSW Urban Design Lead, Arup

Moderated by: David Borger, 
Executive Director, Business Western Sydney
Luke Houghton
Global Lead Partner, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Deloitte
Homes, Amenity & Lifestyle: Building Stronger & Connected Communities in GPOP

Dominic Sullivan
General Manager, PAYCE

Rick Graf
Development Director, Bilbergia

Alison McLaren
Executive Director Central River City, DPIE

Helen Hamilton-James,
Managing Partner Western Sydney, Deloitte

Moderated by: Steve Mann, CEO, UDIA NSW
NSW Government's Vision for GPOP
The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP
Minister for Planning, and Minister for Homes
Morning Tea
NSW Labor's Vision for GPOP 
Paul Scully MP
Shadow Minister for Planning and Public Spaces
Connecting GPOP: Bringing it all Together 
TBC, Transport for NSW
Olympic Dream or Olympic Potential?
The future of Sydney Olympic Park

Anita Mitchell
Chief Executive, Placemaking NSW

Angela Buckley
General Manager Build to Rent, Mirvac

Nathan Cox
Precinct General Manager, Accor Hotels at Sydney Olympic Park (Pullman, Novotel & Ibis)

Moderated by: Allison Taylor, CEO, Sydney Olympic Park Business Association
Debate: GPOP on the Federal Stage

Dr Fiona Martin MP
Member for Reid, Liberal Party of Australia

Sally Sitou
Candidate for Reid, Australian Labor Party

Moderated by: Professor Andy Marks, Director,
Centre for Western Sydney
Conference Lunch & Networking
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Bicentennial Drive
Bicentennial Park
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
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This conference is free for members of Sydney Olympic Park Business Association per the ticket allocation provided by your membership level:

Platinum Members: 10 Tickets

Gold Members: 4 Tickets

Silver Members: 2 Tickets

Bronze Members: 1 Ticket

Affiliate members and those seeking to secure additional tickets beyond allocation, please contact to discuss your attendance. 


Please complete the below form to register. 

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