Getting Parramatta Moving–Integrating Planning, Funding & Design of Mass Transit Corridors (N180302)

2:00pm Friday, 2 March 2018
5:10pm Friday, 2 March 2018
Holiday Inn Parramatta
18-40 Anderson Street
Parramatta, New South Wales 2150

The Future of Sydney – Integrated Transport investment planned for the City of Parramatta

The City of Parramatta is the key location between Badgerys Creek Airport and the Sydney CBD.

The City of Parramatta’s population is growing at twice the pace of the broader Australian economy. It is currently home to over 230,000 people, with another 41,000 people to call it home over the next 5 years. The NSW Government has committed to making Parramatta a ‘dual CBD’ and 4,000 public service jobs are being shifted to Parramatta. Investment of an estimated $10 billion in roads, schools and other public amenities is planned. 

This seminar will focus on the role of investment in integrated transport to support the establishment of the “30 minute city”. We will cover the following:

  • What will this investment in integrated transport look like in reality? What are the plans and who is funding it?
  • What does this transformation of the Sydney metropolitan area mean to property development and investment?
  • Will the influx of office space in Parramatta re-balance the Sydney market? How will this impact the Sydney property market as a whole? 
  • What are the economic and social impacts of these proposed changes? What might be the impact on the workforce and on residents of Sydney.
  • What have we learnt from past projects including Inner West Light Rail/Greenway?
  • Where is Parramatta Light Rail up to?
  • What do other countries do with their mass transit systems? 
  • What do developers think about Parramatta?

Get the heads up on these critical changes planned for Sydney. Hear from the experts and have all your questions answered. 





Introduction keynote address


Mass Transit Corridors - National & International Case Studies 
A.Prof Vince Mangioni, UTS


The Growth Infrastructure Compact - An Integrated Approach to Public Infrastructure funding in the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Park Region
Natalie Camilleri, Director of Strategic Planning Projects, Greater Sydney Commission


Lessons Learnt from the Inner West Light Rail/GreenWay Corridor
Nick Chapman, GreenWay Place Manager, Inner West Council


Afternoon Tea


Parramatta Light Rail - Delivering the 30 min Central River City
Tim Poole, Program Director, Parramatta Light Rail, TfNSW


Creating a Connected, Liveable and Vibrant World Class City - The Challenge for Local Government
Sue Weatherley,  Director Strategic Outcomes and Development, City of Parramatta Council


The Developer's Perspective
David Flannery, Senior Development Manager, GPT Group
Mark Curzon, Principal, Fender Katsalidis



5.15pm - 6.00pm

Drinks and networking



Read more about the Presenters

A.Prof Vince Mangioni
School of Built Environment, UTS

Vince Mangioni is Associate Professor in Property Economics and Development in the School of Built Environment UTS.

His research focuses on land and property taxation, including local government revenue, rating and finance. Vince was an advisor to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) in the review of the NSW rating system and  advisor and presenter to Australia’s Future Tax System also known as the Henry Review, on state land tax and local government rating.​

He has authored a number of books, among the most recent, ‘Land Tax in Australia: Fiscal Reform of Sub-national Government’ and has published widely on land and property taxation. He is a statutory valuer and undertook his training at the NSW Valuer-General’s Office.


Natalie Camilleri
Director of Strategic Planning, Greater Sydney Commission

Natalie Camilleri is the Director of Strategic Planning Projects at the Greater Sydney Commission.  Natalie’s primary project, Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula, now known as GPOP, is resetting the vision for this central part of Greater Sydney, and is redefining collaborative efforts across government, industry and the community.   
Natalie is a well-rounded strategist, with diverse practice in the integration of land use, design and infrastructure.   Natalie has developed her expertise at Sydney Water, Transport for NSW, the then Roads and Traffic Authority and Landcom.  She and has degrees in town planning and public administration.


Nick Chapman
GreenWay Place Manager, Inner West Council

An environmental scientist by training, Nick has focussed in recent years on a combination of local government place management practise and urban sustainability research and postgraduate teaching as a senior lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney.  Currently he is Place Manager for the Inner West Light Rail and GreenWay Corridor. He was Macquarie Park Place Manager at the City of Ryde for 5 years, focussing on urban liveability issues along the Epping Chatswood Rail Corridor. Nick is passionate about implementing affordable, practicable approaches to enhance community connections, sustainable living and design quality in rapidly evolving urban environments.   

Tim Poole
Program Director, Parramatta Light Rail, Transport for NSW

Tim Poole has over 20 years of experience with the leadership and management of major infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas. He led Stage 1 of Gold Coast Light Rail on behalf of 3 levels of Government for the planning, business case and procurement phases, closing Australia’s first public transport PPP in 2011. Since then he has been involved in several urban renewal and transport projects in Sydney. He has been Project Director for the Parramatta Light Rail Project since March 2016 and was recently appointed by NSW Government as Program Director, responsible for a single comprehensive program for the urban transformation and transport projects within the Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsular Priority Growth Area.

Sue Weatherley
Director – Strategic Outcomes and Development, City of Parramatta 
Sue joined City of Parramatta in December 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in senior local government executive roles in NSW and QLD. As Director Strategic Outcomes and Development, Sue oversees Integrated City Planning and the assessment of Development Applications. Sue has been on the NSW Architect Registration Board since 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Planning Task Force for Committee for Sydney.
Sue has helped to drive strong outcomes across a broad range of Council’s strategic objectives, managing significant growth in Parramatta, playing an integral role in discussions with the NSW Government on a number of planning and infrastructure initiatives and providing the vision for what will be a critical driver of Parramatta’s future development.

Her contribution to Local Government has been twice recognised, in 2012 and 2016, as the recipient of the Minister’s Award for women in local government. This award acknowledged her as  a wonderful role model for all staff, male and female, in helping to drive the performance of the organisation across a huge range of critical areas and objectives. She is a wonderful example of what women in local government can achieve through great skill and knowledge, hard work, commitment and tenacity.

David Flannery
Senior Development Manager, GPT Group

David has a national role and is responsible for the delivery of in excess of $400 million of commercial projects including the c.$280 million commercial tower at 32 Smith Street, Parramatta.

Before joining the GPT Group, David spent 3 years with Pramerica Real Estate Investors where he was responsible for asset management, development management, acquisitions and the debt funding strategy. Prior to that, David was at the Macquarie Group in Property Finance, Property Investment Banking and MREEF where he was an associate director and state manager for MREEF in NSW, WA and ACT where he held Board positions in all domestic joint venture in addition to managing the Macquarie Residential Fund. 

David’s experience in property development, capital transactions, portfolio / asset management and complex project financing structures brings insights and partnering ability across various asset classes in a core and value add capacity.

David has a Bachelor of Business (Land Economy) from the University of Western Sydney.

Mark Curzon
Principal, Fender Katsalidis

He may hail from Oxford, but having lived and practised architecture in Sydney for the past 15 years, Mark Curzon knows, understands and cares for the Harbour City as deeply as anyone.

A passionate, articulate and gifted designer, Mark’s drive and irrepressible enthusiasm as a graduate proved a magnet for diverse project opportunities—each honing his instinct for successful architectural and urban outcomes, informing his philosophy that built forms must ‘give back’, and fuelling his desire to follow ideas through to the smallest detail, and be involved at every stage of the journey.

One of those early opportunities would ultimately bring Mark to Australia, and a key leadership role in a large practice. Working across multiple typologies, his completed projects there include the multi award-winning 1 Bligh Street in central Sydney, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, the Sydney Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, and many other significant works—locally and overseas.

As a Principal in our Sydney office, Mark is now putting his nearly 20 years of cultural, commercial, multi residential, and hospitality experience to work for our clients, and recently led the firm’s competition-winning design for Parramatta tower at 32 Smith Street.

Known for his energy, compulsive drawing and willingness to empower team members, Mark has had immediate impact and influence in advancing the firm’s presence nationally, and in Sydney particularly.

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