First State Super Theatre showcase puts the spotlight on Sydney’s urban renewal

L- R: Sydney Business Chamber Executive Director; Katherine O’Regan, First State Super CEO; Deanne Stewart, Mirvac CEO and Managing Director; Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, ICC Sydney CEO; Geoff Dongahy, Committee for Sydney CEO; Gabriel Metcalf.

The newly named First State Super Theatre was showcased this week highlighting the important role local investment and the events sector play in driving the New South Wales economy and Sydney’s reputation on the global stage.

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), First State Super, the Committee for Sydney and the Sydney Business Chamber came together for the night, which was also attended by NSW Minister for Property, Melinda Pavey.

At the heart of the event was a panel discussion moderated by Committee for Sydney CEO, Gabriel Metcalf. Panellists included ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy, Mirvac CEO and managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, First State Super CEO Deanne Stewart and Sydney Business Chamber executive director Katherine O’Regan.

(L-R) First State Super CEO Deanne Stewart and ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy.

“I’ve been lucky enough to witness urban transformations all around the world and there really are very few places that can match the scale of Sydney’s inner-city development,” said Metcalf.

“ICC Sydney sits at the epicentre of the State’s $3.4 billion revitalisation project and has been an exciting catalyst for broader renewal.”

Donaghy said that ICC Sydney is a prime example of a bold decision by the government paying off.

Sydney-based Aboriginal service provider KARI performed an Acknowledgement of Country.

“Our success is proof that the government’s decisions to knock down the old entertainment centre and invest in a rebuild was the right one,” he said.

“Since opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney has helped deliver major gains for the NSW economy. Earlier this week, we revealed that ICC Sydney has welcomed 1.4 million visitors to more than 671 core events, delivering an overall economic contribution to the State of $902 million.

“But at ICC Sydney, we are not just about the numbers. We are more than a venue – part of the rich and dynamic cultural fabric of the city and the community in which we operate. We are also custodians of Sydney’s story, and are committed to helping ensure our city continues to build its reputation globally.”

Stewart said that First State Super was proud to further its relationship with ICC Sydney and invest in the city.

“The First State Super Theatre sits firmly at the heart of the city and ICC Sydney has already demonstrated its ability to deliver great returns for NSW – and for our members,” she said.

“As we step into our role as naming rights partner, we’re looking forward to working with ICC Sydney and its network of stakeholders and partners to continue building the story of Sydney, while fostering long-term economic benefits for our members, the community and the economy.”