Our members are our greatest assets. As part of our new approach we want to maximise the impact of our most valuable resource – the skills, experience and energies of our members – in everything we do. Member-led Taskforces have been established around our continuing core priorities for 2014. The Taskforces are a focus for policy development, networking and advocacy – and help us turn our policy development into changes on the ground in the way this city works.


Taskforce 1 - Planning reform, housing and city governance: managing the growth of Sydney

Chair: Lucy Turnbull AO, Chair, Committee for Sydney; Director, Turnbull & Partners.

A key 2014 priority for this Taskforce is influencing the ongoing review of planning in NSW. Our 2013 submission to the NSW government review was well received. We will continue to work with the Department of Planing & Infrastructure throughout the review process, seeing our role as not only to provide a critique of failings but to help supply practical solutions. A focus has been placed on engaging with the current planning reform process, finalisation of the Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney, and the recommendations from the Independent Review of Local Government.  


Taskforce 2 - An integrated transport network for a global city: from planning to delivery

Chair: Phil Davies, Director of Infrastructure Advisory, AECOM.

A global city needs world-class transport network systems and infrastructure. This Taskforce brings together transport-oriented members, utilising their expertise to advocate for the maximisation of Sydney's current transport infrastructure and to ensure that future projects are well designed, funded and delivered. To function as a 24-hour city, Sydney needs to have a reliable public transport system, and one which services Sydney as a whole. Supporting the delivery of the Long Term Transport Master Plan and recent City Centre Access Strategy are key priorities, as are improving transport links for Western Sydney and ensuring projects such as the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail and WestConnex are delivered in partnership between governemnt, business and the community.


Taskforce 3 - Liveability and loveability: protecting and enhancing the appeal of Sydney.

Chair: Sally Loane, Director of Media and Public Affairs, Coca Cola Amatil; Director, NSW Rugby Union.

The cultural, entertainment and sporting offer of Sydney is key to its status as a global city. This Taskforce relies on the considerable knowledge and experience of its members who come from a wide range of industries, across the public, private and not for profit sectors. It engages with the question of how to best promote Sydney's offer, how to build the city's cultural, entertainment and sporting precincts, and how to support the emergence of an enhanced night time economy and safer 24-hour city.


Taskforce 4 - Financial and professional services: focusing on competitiveness & productivity 

Chair: Michael Rose, Chief Executive Partner, Allens.

Financial and professional services in Sydney make a bigger contribution to Australia's GDP than mining and agriculture put together. This Taskforce focuses  on the significance of these sectors and indeed what it means for Sydney to be a regional business centre for the 'Asian 21st Century'. The Committee in-house team has a capacity around the issues for finance and professional services and will service this Taskforce. The Sydney as a Global Talent Hub Project which delivered The Official Guide to Living and Working in Sydney and the Committee's third issues paper in 2013 will be further developed in partnership with NSW Trade & Investment in the coming year.