PARRAMATTA, NSW: Social Procurement Australasia was pleased to support the Greater Western Sydney Social Procurement and Economic Development Forum. The Forum was held in Parramatta at the spectacular new Deloitte office on May 1st. The Forum was at full capacity with 125 people attending from across all levels of Government and the not-for-profit and private sectors.
The Forum was held as part of the response to the critical need recognised across all levels of Government to drive job creation and local business development in Greater Western Sydney, while strengthening opportunities for the economic participation of disadvantaged community members.
Through a combination of speakers and group workshops, the Forum explored modern strategies to drive social and economic development outcomes through the more effective use of the hundreds of millions of dollars invested through procurement in GWS each year.
The interactive Forum sessions addressed the following key topics:
- Job creation and economic participation in major projects
- Opportunities for the participation of local and regional businesses
- Jobs and pathways to employment for disadvantaged communities
- Cross-sector regional collaboration and innovation in GWS
All presentations from the day are now available below:
- Chris Newman – ArcBlue Consulting/ Social Procurement Australasia – Social Procurement and Economic Development in GWS – ArcBlue Introduction
- Claire Parry – Transport for NSW & Transport for London – and Kristy Tan – Transport for NSW –North West Rail Link and UK Experiences in Social and Sustainable Procurement
- Graeme Riddell – BoysTown – Boystown Social Enterprise Story
- Charles Prouse – Supply Nation – Supply Nation – Buying Goods and Services off Indigenous Businesses
- Rosemary Smithson – Property Industry Foundation – Property Industry Foundation – New Opportunities for Economic Participation
- David Kirkland – Western Sydney Parklands Trust – Social Procurement Video
Many thanks to our other speakers:
- Stuart Ayres MP – Minister for Fair Trading, Sport and Recreation and the Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney
- David Borger – Western Sydney Business Chamber
- Lea Hicks – Hix Group/ 2012 Woman of the West Award Winner
- Colin Emerson – Local Government Procurement
- Cr John Chedid – Lord Mayor of Parramatta for opening the event
Next Steps: Following the success of the Forum, the GWS Social Procurement and Economic Development Working Party will be building on the outcomes of the Forum, and developing a range of specific Action Plans for presentation to the Greater Western Sydney Region Leadership Network and State, Local and Federal Government Leaders. The Working Group Meeting will be held in late May. To get involved please contact Chris Newman or David Puckeridge (their contact details are listed below).
Here are a couple of photos taken at the Forum. More photos are available in our photo gallery.
Thank you to all of the event sponsors:
- Parramatta City Council
- Local Government Procurement
- ArcBlue Consulting
- The Department of Employment
- The NSW Social Procurement Action Group