A high-powered group of industry, technology, education and city leaders has been formed to advise the NSW Government on how to turn Sydney’s Tech Central into Australia’s answer to Silicon Valley.
The Tech Central Industry Advisory Group met for the first time last night to guide development of Sydney’s global innovation hub.
Chaired by former Telstra CEO David Thodey, the Group will help realise the NSW Government’s vision of Australia’s home for technology and innovation in the heart of Sydney, adjacent to Central Station.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres thanked the Advisory Group for their commitment to the government’s strategy for creating jobs of the future for the people of NSW.
“Technology and innovation will play a key role in restarting growth after the global pandemic and we’re putting Sydney right at the centre of that,” Mr Ayres said.
“Tech Central will provide a focal point for our fantastic tech innovators, attracting investment and talent from all over the world and establishing NSW as a global leader in this space.
“This Advisory Group will help join the dots between entrepreneurs, researchers, students, corporations and the wider community to help Tech Central fulfill its true potential, making the sum much greater than the parts”.
Local technology giant Atlassian has already committed to become an anchor tenant, building its new Australian headquarters opposite the $2.5 billion Central Place development announced this month by Dexus-Frasers, which is currently in Stage 3 of the NSW Government’s Unsolicited Proposals process.
Both projects will contribute to the longer-term plan for unlocking 24 hectares of government land in and around Australia’s busiest transport interchange, creating enhanced open spaces and expanding Sydney’s southern central business district.
Mr Thodey said he was excited by the NSW Government’s commitment to provide $48.2 million over the next four years to create a thriving Tech Central.
“I foresee, this will create a new place for startups, scaleups, high-tech giants, universities and researchers, to collaborate, solve problems and innovate,”
Mr Thodey said.
The Industry Advisory Group will advise Government and promote participation, collaboration and alignment across key stakeholders.
Industry Advisory Group members:
- Mr David Thodey AO (Chair)
- Ms Amy Glancey, Chief of Staff, Atlassian
- Ms Monica Barone, CEO, City of Sydney
- Mr Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney
- Mr Daniel Petre AO, Founder/Partner, AirTree Ventures
- Mr Alex Scandurra, CEO, Stone & Chalk
- Ms Sally-Ann Williams, CEO, Cicada Innovations
- Ms Mina Radhakrishnan, Co-Founder, Different