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Committee a step to breaking down silos


Release Date: 28/08/2014
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe has welcomed the establishment of a new committee, responsible for the development of Sydney Harbour and foreshore land, chaired by the newly appointed Les Wielinga.
 
“The current multiplicity of agencies with authority over the foreshore has been shown to be less than optimal; seemingly simple tasks like signage approval prove complex as they lack a coordinated approach,” Mrs Forsythe said.
 
“Les Wielinga is highly respected across the public sector and amongst key stakeholder groups. The creation of his committee indicates that despite the many government agencies focused on achieving strong outcomes, silos across agencies remain.
 
“Calls for the Harbour foreshore responsibility to sit with the City of Sydney council overlook the reality that many of the issues are outside the responsibility of local government.
 
“Sydney Harbour is the focus for major events that are at the heart of Sydney’s international tourist reputation. With over $10 billion of development taking placing between Barangaroo and Pyrmont, coordination of policies and services cannot come soon enough.
 
“Managing the Harbour Foreshore requires a central understanding of the government process; Les Wielinga is an ideal candidate to lead the committee.
 
Mrs Forsythe said, “The future CBD Light Rail commencing at Circular Quay is a timely reminder of the number of government agencies that have a role in the delivery of services at the Quay and why a powerful overarching framework is required.
 
“For Sydney to be a truly international and competitive city; a coordinated vision and direction is critical to the success of Sydney’s Harbour, as well as its appeal as an international destination.
 
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367



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