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Live Webinar: In Conversation With The Premier

  • 30-Sep-2020
  • 13:00 - 14:15
  • Online


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WSBC is delighted to announce that The Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, will be joining us online September 30 to answer your pre-submitted and live questions.

This not to be missed webinar will also feature a facilitated panel discussion with Western Sydney business leaders: 

Lindy Deitz, General Manager, Campbelltown City Council 

John Vassallo, Chief Executive Officer, Celestino

Philip Davies, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Deloitte

Our panel will not only focus on COVID-19 recovery strategies, but also look beyond the pandemic at some of the key projects and programs that are catalysing Western Sydney’s future growth and development. 

Pre-submitted questions for the Premier can be e-mailed to WSBC General Manager, Amanda Brisot.

Webinar Details:

Date: Wednesday 30th September, 2020 

Time: 1.00pm to 2.15pm AEST  

Where: Online

Cost: WSBC Members Only: Complimentary; Non Members: $20.00 + GST per person; Media: Please contact Amanda Brisot

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The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW 

Gladys was first elected to the NSW Parliament as Member for Willoughby on 22 March 2003.

She was elected Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party on 23 January 2017 and sworn in as the 45th Premier of New South Wales. Gladys had previously served as Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations in the Baird Government since April 2015.

Prior to that, she was appointed Minister for Transport following the election of the O’Farrell Government in March 2011 and served in that role for four years.

She is a Master of Commerce graduate from UNSW and prior to entering Parliament worked as a General Manager for one of Australia’s largest financial institutions. Gladys has also completed studies in Government and Public Administration (B.A., Uni. Syd).


Lindy Deitz, General Manager, Campbelltown City Council

Lindy Deitz brings 25 years of Local Government experience to her role as General Manager of Campbelltown City, where she leads the transitional phase of one of the largest and oldest councils in the state into a transformational powerhouse delivering innovative change for its communities.

Lindy is working with all levels of government, private industry and community organisations to ensure that Campbelltown City gains the support it needs to embark on its evolution into a bustling metropolis at the southern gateway to the South West Growth Corridor. Work has begun on conceptualising the future of Campbelltown City as an environmentally focused, sustainable and liveable city. Reimagining Campbelltown is a pioneering piece of work that when complete, will set the benchmark for city wide strategic and visionary planning principles.

Lindy is focused on delivering the services and facilities that the community needs and is a caring advocate for the wider southwest Sydney region, where the pressures of preserving culturally and environmentally significant items and meeting the future predicted population expansion are significant and diverse. The scale and nature of this growth is set to shape an important part of global Sydney’s future.

Lindy’s capacity to build relationships and collaborate with the wide range of stakeholders sees her placed on steering groups and boards such as Resilient Sydney Steering Committee and the Western Sydney Business Connection to contribute to building great outcomes. Lindy has forged many strong relationships in the corporate, government, institutional and community sectors.

John Vassallo, Chief Executive Officer, Celestino 

John joined Celestino in September 2013 as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer, having worked with the company for over ten years prior as a property advisor. During his time as property advisor, John procured the acquisition of the Celestino portfolio, which now includes over 20,000 residential lots plus a mix of industrial, retail, commercial and high density sites in New South Wales and Queensland.

John has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry having established a successful property law firm in Western Sydney in the early 90s. The firm grew within its first two years to handle over 1,500 contracts per year, providing John with a good understanding of Western Sydney’s development potential as well as many of the key challenges in the region.

As CEO of Celestino, John is focused on delivering the Celestino vision of ‘creating tomorrows’ success stories; on delivering commercial, industrial and residential development projects that will become success stories for our business; as well as families, communities and business partners across Australia.’

John plays a strong advocacy role for Western Sydney as a Shaping Future Cities Champion responsible for promoting STEM education in Western Sydney and spokesperson for the Western Sydney Rail Alliance who was committed to securing the north-south rail link and transport for Western Sydney.

Philip Davies, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Deloitte

Philip Davies is an Infrastructure Advisory Partner with Deloitte and a Chartered Professional Engineer. Philip works with Governments and the Private sector in the planning and delivery of infrastructure programs and projects to enhance the liveability of our communities and support jobs & economic growth. Philip is particularly passionate and focussed on taking a systems and place based and precincts approach to planning, to truly drive the best outcomes whilst optimising the performance of the assets we already have.

Prior to re-joining Deloitte, Philip was the CEO of Infrastructure Australia, where he worked with all tiers of Government to develop a national list of infrastructure priorities, an evidence base for investment decisions and a program of reforms to support population and GDP growth.

Philip is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also Chairs the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and the University of Wollongong SMART Infrastructure Advisory Council.

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