Create a sense of purpose at ICC Sydney

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ICC Sydney's Legacy Program has a strong focus on First Nations partnerships.

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is the embodiment of a vision to be an incubator for ideas, a champion of change and an advocate for community.

Despite the challenges of the last few years, or perhaps also emboldened by them, ICC Sydney has broadened the partnerships within its Legacy Program that look to create concrete and positive social impacts across the city, particularly with its First Nations community partners, and introduced more ways to reduce the environmental footprint of events.

ICC Sydney has also expanded its in-house culinary and audio-visual services, with a new menu with low carbon menu options and further investment in the development of new client tools to optimise event planning.

Geoff Donaghy, ICC Sydney CEO and ASM Global Group Director – Convention Centres (APAC), says the continued investment across the venue’s operations is always centred on the client’s needs and the delegate experience.

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Darling Harbour, home to ICC Sydney, is continuing to evolve.

“ICC Sydney’s team is excited to welcome increasing numbers of international delegates to our diverse, dynamic city and unparalleled location,” he says.

“And our clients and their event attendees, who both return 99% satisfaction rates, are reporting extraordinary experiences at our venue.”

Part of ICC Sydney’s investment in sustainability and equity programs included the appointment of new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager Jess Zickar, who is further developing a suite of initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of their events and expand the venue’s social contributions across the local community.

“We recently launched a new waste technology management system in collaboration with BinTracker to provide event organisers with a detailed waste report of their event in an effort to reduce our overall environmental footprint,” she says.

ICC Sydney’s commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations community has been a priority from day one.

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The ICC Sydney AV department has seen a $1.53m investment in new equipment.

Samantha Glass, ICC Sydney’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability, says as a landmark venue which stands and operates on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, it is both ICC Sydney’s responsibility and privilege to strive for meaningful Reconciliation.

“We are proud to help amplify First Nations voices and share the experiences of the world’s oldest living culture, helping to preserve the history of the land on which our venue stands,” she says.

ICC Sydney’s Culinary team recently launched the 2023 menu collection featuring low carbon menu options that allow event organisers to make more sustainable and diverse food choices across six core menus.

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Roasted Hunter Valley Duck Breast is one of the choices on the new 2023 menu collection.

Lynell Peck, ICC Sydney Director of Culinary Services, says each dish has been reviewed to estimate the carbon footprint associated with the farming, harvesting, production, and transportation of ingredients while selecting the highest quality fresh and seasonal produce.

“In classic ICC Sydney style, our new Menu Collection caters for all event formats and delegate palates. Complemented with the venue’s signature 100% local wine list, the new menu collection takes guests on a gastronomic tour of New South Wales with more than 130 local producers across our supply chain,” Peck says.

“We couldn’t be more excited to make a positive difference through our Menu Collection in 2023, supporting our clients to make sustainable food and beverage selections.”

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Connect Hub is a purpose built studio for hybrid events.

ICC Sydney’s audio visual equipment inventory was expanded and upgraded with a $1.53 million investment while the pandemic resulted in ICC developing Connect Hub, its award-winning one stop destination for managing hybrid events encompassing a permanent media studio for broadcast events.

A new interactive venue mapping tool brings ICC Sydney’s venue spaces to life with 3D floorplans of every room across every level of the convention, exhibition and entertainment venue.

Throw in a refreshed website with updated organiser tools further supporting event planning and you have a complete package designed solely with the event organiser in mind.

The ICC Sydney was opened in 2016 but it’s part of a continuum to bring people together to collaborate across every sector that began with the launch of Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre in 1988. The ICC Sydney is taking that ethos into the 21st century, with an even greater sense of purpose. It really is more than just a venue.