State of Western Sydney

State of Western Sydney

Aug 23
At this event CEDA welcomes NSW Minister for Jobs and Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney, the Hon. Stuart Ayres as we examine the state of Western Sydney across urban development, infrastructure and education, as well as growth opportunities to maximise business investment.


The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs and Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney
Joseph Carrozzi, Managing Partner, PwC
Michala Lander, Manager Engagement, Communication and Communities, GHD
Lyn Cobley, Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank

Event overview

On the back of one of the greatest periods of economic growth and development in Australia’s history, the Western Sydney region now represents the third largest economy in the country and a population bigger than Brisbane and Perth. 

Following State and Federal elections, CEDA’s inaugural State of Western Sydney event invites the Minister for Western Sydney to address:

  • Emerging priorities to manage Western Sydney’s growth to ensure sustainable and productive urban development;
  • Aligning policy and investment between federal, state, and local governments to deliver critical services and leverage city-shaping education and infrastructure; and
  • Engaging the corporate sector to maximise business investment in a prosperous region and future growth.

Event presentations

Jarrod Ball, CEDA MP3

The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP
Minister for Jobs and Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney

Stuart Ayres was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 2010, representing the electorate of Penrith. Since his election, Stuart has held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney and Minister for Police and Emergency Services. In March 2015 Stuart became the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport. Stuart assumed the role of Minister for WestConnex, Minister for Western Sydney and Minister for Sport. As a passionate resident of Western Sydney, his role ahead is to ensure nation building infrastructure like WestConnex and the new airport continue to drive economic prosperity for all Australians.

Meet the speakers

Joseph Carrozzi
Managing Partner, PwC

Joseph’s career in the professional services sector has covered both the practice of tax law and also managing and leading the development of new services and practice areas - such as indirect taxes, government services consulting, M&A and privatisation. Over the last 15 years he has been focused on management and leadership functions of major professional services firms, including his current role at PwC – the largest professional services firm in Australia.

Joseph leads PwC's National Cities agenda, focused on connecting PwC’s skills to the key social, economic and urban issues facing our cities. He is also Western Sydney leader, assessing the key growth opportunities for business, tertiary and community groups as a result of the ‘once-in-lifetime’ investment in Western Sydney by all levels of government and business.


Michala Lander
Manager Engagement, Communication and Communities, GHD

Michala is the manager of GHD’s Engagement, Communication and Communities Team. Throughout her career Michala has been passionate about working with the community and stakeholders to design and develop places that work for them. Her expertise in managing genuine engagement strategies that involve the community and stakeholders in the planning process is widely sought by the public and private sector. She has extensive experience working on projects across NSW with a focus on Western Sydney particularly with regards to planning social infrastructure that will create a sense of place.

Meet the chair

Lyn Cobley
Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank

Lyn was appointed Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank in September 2015. She has responsibility for Westpac's global relationships with corporate, institutional and government clients as well as all products across financial and capital markets, transactional banking, structured finance and working capital payments. In addition, Lyn oversees Westpac's International and Pacific Island businesses.

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