State of the City Address: Parramatta

By Indranil Halder

Parramatta Chamber  of Commerce in association with Business Western Sydney, Common Wealth Bank, Western Sydney University and City of Parramatta hosted the State Of The City Address event on 15/12/2021. Held at the  Cumberland Room, CommBank Stadium, Parramatta, New South Wales(NSW) which is now, part of the new headquarters of Parramatta as global city.

I was honoured to attend the event as guest of Gandhi Creation ( hosted 31st annual Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence Gala). Having been involved with Parramatta‘s  development since my Crown Group Holding days, it is great to see the continuous wave  of astronomical developments in this global city.

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Our key note speaker The Honurable MP Matt Kean, Treasurer, Minister for Energy and Environment, Treasurer gave an amazing update on growth and development in Western Sydney. He focused on attracting  more investments  in BioTech and BioMed projects for Western Sydney. According to Matt Kean, Western Sydney remains the centrepiece of NSW state investment. It is worth $5billion dollars. He is positive that growth and development in Western Sydney is sure to generate NSW’s future economic successes and will help to improve its global recognition. He also highlighted the business opportunities. The address explored  Education, BioTech, Tourism and Manufacturing as the key pillars for growth and development in Western Sydney.

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His speech was followed by a panel discussion on growth and development in Western Sydney with Lisa Havilah ( Chief Executive of Powerhouse Museum), Professor Andy Marks ( Pro Vice Chancellor, Strategy, Government Alliances , Western Sydney University), Nicole Carnegie ( Group Manager City Strategy, City of Parramatta) and Mark Couter ( Executive General Manager, Commercial Bank, Commonwealth Bank).

As threats from Covid pandemic continue with its ups and downs, resilient Western Sydney business community is playing a vital role in Australia’s economic success. The event was sure to increase business confidence, promote NSW business environment and project Western Sydney’s business potentials both locally and globally. Guests enjoyed networking breaks  and sumptuous lunch. The State of the City Address at CommBank stadium celebrated Western Sydney business growth and development and injected a much needed boost of energy for a brighter 2022.