POP! Conference Shines a Spotlight on the Olympic Peninsula
01 Jun 2018
Bold solutions and new ideas to better integrate the Olympic Peninsula into the broader city with new transport links and a reinvigorated civic heart will be presented at a major conference at ANZ Stadium today.
The POP! (Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula) Conference will see key stakeholders, transport and infrastructure experts and business leaders get together to discuss some of the best ideas to fix the Olympic Peninsula’s access challenges and the opportunities to better connect the precinct to the Parramatta and Sydney CBDs.
David Borger, Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney, said: “The Olympic Peninsula shined during the Sydney Olympics almost two decades ago and now it needs some of that life reinjected through bold ideas to better connect this region of the city to the two major CBDs to the east and west.
“There is an urgent need for more transport infrastructure in the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula corridor to meet the needs of its growing population and realise the Greater Sydney Commission’s ambitious vision for the area.
“This is an amazing opportunity to revitalise Sydney Olympic Park and we are excited that upcoming infrastructure projects such as stage two of the Parramatta Light Rail and the planned Sydney Metro West will improve the link between the community and our state’s premier entertainment and sporting precinct. But we must not delay these projects for one second,” Mr Borger said.
Sydney Olympic Park Business Association CEO Allison Taylor said the precinct already had a lot of potential but it needed a renewed focus from the NSW Government in partnership with the private sector to reach it.
“We want to draw attention to the major development projects underway on the Olympic Peninsula and to discuss a new transport vision between Parramatta, the Sydney CBD and Sydney Olympic Park.
“This conference will stimulate the ongoing conversation to better improve transport connections. We need to ensure that the infrastructure projects that have been promised are built and also that we encourage new ideas on how to better access the precinct.
“We are eagerly awaiting the release of the Sydney Olympic Park Masterplan to provide a roadmap for the precinct’s growth and to encourage greater investment from the private sector,” Ms Taylor said.