International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has launched an Advocates Club, honouring the positive impact and contribution of a diverse network of stakeholders to establish and grow the venue’s reputation on the global stage.
Ranging from Indigenous members to business leaders, universities and regional producers, 93 individuals have been named as official ICC Sydney Advocates.
The club also aims to open up more pathways for the venue’s expanding Legacy Program to engage clients and the community in new ways.
ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said each of the advocates has been instrumental in driving the venue’s success and amplifying ICC Sydney’s brand.
“We’re privileged to have such a wonderful network of individuals and organisations who have backed us from the very beginning of our journey, from when our vision to set a new standard for premium event experiences was still in floor plans and virtual tours,” he said.
“From helping us through the hard yards of opening a new venue, securing business and activating our Legacy Program, we are grateful for the unwavering support of our advocates. This has enabled us to build a trusted reputation and make a positive impact on our surrounding community.”
Place Management New South Wales Chair Helen Coonan said the venue has made an impressive mark on the entire community.
“By putting people first and engaging a broad spectrum of organisations, the venue has developed an incredible network of advocates that all come together to drive positive social, economic and environmental outcomes,” she said.
University of Technology Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Innovation and Enterprise, Professor Glenn Wightwick said that ICC Sydney provided a platform to share ideas.
“ICC Sydney’s entire business model is a blueprint for innovation but in particular, the venue has done a tremendous job of fostering the next generation of talent via student and startup engagement,” he said. “It is helping these important groups to reach their potential through volunteer opportunities, participating in conference workshops, networking, competitions and more.”
Chairperson of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Yvonne Weldon, said the ICC Sydney works hard to promote opportunities for Indigenous people and build cultural awareness.
“From being the first convention centre in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Plan, to working with First Nation suppliers, providing direct employment opportunities and displaying captivating artwork throughout the precinct, ICC Sydney is a very important supporter for us and all people,” she said.
“Every person that enters the venue is welcomed by the words and art of the world’s oldest living culture – an exemplary undertaking by the ICC Sydney team.”