Industry, government and the City of Sydney have joined forces to shape the future of retail growth in Sydney.
The City of Sydney has created the new retail advisory panel – 17 leading businesses and stakeholders tasked with positioning Sydney as Australia’s best retail destination.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the panel would identify and create opportunities for the retail sector to capitalise on major events and tourism campaigns.
“The City of Sydney led Retail Advisory Panel is all about delivering great outcomes for Sydney retail businesses. It will provide advice on how to meet consumer demand,” she said.
Panel members include Westfield, Transport NSW, Australian National Retailers Association, David Jones, IPOH, Dymocks and Tourism NSW.
Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay said Sydney’s dynamic fashion and food scene was boosting the city’s global appeal as a shopping mecca.
“Visiting shoppers are worth more than $1 billion each year to the retail sector in Sydney and NSW,” Ms McKay said.
“Working with Sydney’s leading retailers and with the tourism industry, we can help visitors to Sydney make the most of their trip and encourage them to stay longer and spend more.”
The retail sector employs more than 14% of the City’s workforce, makes up around 37% of all businesses (7,400 businesses) and 13% of floor space in the City of Sydney area.
“Sydney needs an integrated strategy to keep us globally competitive, innovative and vibrant,” Ms Moore said.
Retail Advisory Panel members:
Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor, City of Sydney
Don Grover, CEO Dymocks Group of Companies (Chair)
Richard Sheldrake, Director General, Department of Industry & Investment
Glen Byres, Executive Director, NSW, Property Council of Australia
The Hon. Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director, Sydney Business Chamber
Stephen Found, Managing Director, The Capitol Theatre
Catherine Gallagher, Acting Executive Director Marketing & Events, SHFA
Victor Gaspar, Group General Manager, IPOH Pty Ltd
Chris Gough, Director, Visit Sydney, Tourism NSW
Andy Hedges, Director Shopping Centre Management & Marketing, Westfield Group
Professor Ken Maher, Executive Chairman, Hassell
Carol Mills, Director General, Communities NSW
Margie Osmond, Chief Executive Officer, Australian National Retailers Association
Liane Rossler, Dinosaur Designs
Angela Vithoulkas, Director, Vivo Café Group
Benjamin Webster, Regional Manager, Sydney CBD, David Jones Ltd
Les Wielinga, Director General, Transport NSW
Media Contacts: Maya Catsanis (City of Sydney) 02 9265 9553, 0409 045425
Andrew Parkinson (Minister McKay) 0447 202 091