Connect Special Event Wrap

Connect Special Event is a forum where you can join the conversation with Connect members and partners who are working towards a smarter transport future together. 

Thank you to the speakers, board, members and invited guests for making Monday 29 January 2018 a successful gathering of over 100 leaders from local business, property, institutions and government. And thank to Optus for generously hosting the event.

During the night many conversations were sparked between guests discussing the bright future ahead for the area and transport trends/initiatives that will spur business productivity. 

Connect received an overwhelming response to the event and have had many requests for to share content from the night - please view, share and download the content below:

  • Connect Special Event Highlights Reel
  • Connect Special Event Presentation
  • Individual Speaker Highlights


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Holistic Vision

The event covered a lot of ground and connected topics that appeared singular into a holistic vision for Macquarie Park and North Ryde. It was great to see our elected members so engaged with business - highlighting recent initiatives to invest in transport and community infrastructure. Stakeholders took away a real understanding of the Greater Sydney Commission's work to evolve each district within the larger Sydney basin - lots of excitement for connecting the Northern Beaches Hospital to Macquarie Park.

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Program highlights 

  • Open - Hon. John Alexander MP
  • Welcome - Hon. Victor Dominello MP 
  • Macquarie Park 2019 and beyond - Dr Deborah Dearing - Greater Sydney Commission
  • Australia’s premier innovation location - David Wilkinson - Macquarie Park Innovation District 
  • Major development showcase - including Macquarie University - Mark Broomfield, AMP Capital - Ben Matthews, Stockland - Tony D'Addona, Dexus - Zoe Colless and Fraser's Property - Reini Otter
  • Future mobility trends - Peter Colacino - NRMA 
  • Sydney's Mobility Challenge - Rebecca Edwards - Sustainable Business Australia
  • 2018 Connect Member Benchmarking Report - Zara Crichton - Connect Mac Park 

The area now produces almost $10 billion in GDP annually - 2nd to Sydney CBD in terms of GDP output. This growth will be further accelerated by the opening of the Sydney Metro train line in 2019.

No other Australian Business Precinct has grown as strongly as Macquarie Park and North Ryde since 2000.