A Renewed Committee - At a critical time for Sydney!
At the beginning of last year we set ourselves the objective of renewing the Committee. We ended 2012 as ‘an increasingly influential policy group’ (AFR) and ‘an increasingly influential voice for rational urban policy in the city’ (SMH). Our task in this crucial third year of the NSW government and with a Federal Election looming is to turn renewal into delivery – so that the policies and investments we believe are vital to the competitiveness, productivity and growth of Sydney are adopted and implemented by the key decision-makers.
This is a critical time for Sydney when the right decisions must be made – and not just in the interests of Sydneysiders. What happens here matters for the Nation. Research done for the Committee shows that if Sydney’s economy and population had grown in the period from 2000 at the same rate as they had in the decades before then its GDP would be over $40b larger. And that means more prosperity for all Australians. Our renewal has as its core objective the renewal of Sydney.
The harbour city ranked number one in Australia for conferences and congresses and number 24 worldwide, a rise of ten places from last year. Sydney was also ranked sixth in the Asia-Pacific region, with the number of meetings held in the city rising from 57 in 2011 to 86 in 2012.
The NSW Government and the Committee for Sydney have jointly launched a major new survey aimed at identifying the barriers and opportunities for attracting and retaining the world’s best professional talent in Sydney.