The City of Sydney council has announced a team of over 50 experts have been recruited to join four select advisory panels, which will advise the council on a multitude of social and economic issues. The newly created panels are designed to support the recovery of Sydney’s economic and cultural life.
City of Sydney council said in a statement that the panels will “provide expert advice about policies and operations across various priority areas”.
The four new panels join existing groups such as an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander panel (established in 2008), and an Inclusion (disability) panel, which have informed council policy, and provided advice on community issues.
The new panels will include:
Cultural and Creative Sector Advisory Panel
Multicultural Advisory Panel
Housing for All Working Group
Business, Economic Development and Covid Recovery Advisory Panel
Community and sector representatives both present on panels
Each panel is being joined by a mix of community experts and sector members, with prominent organisations receiving representation. Members will serve appointment on the panels for 3 years, with the possibility of being re-selected for another 3 years.
The Business, Economic Development and Covid Recovery Advisory Panel will have members “from the private sector, state government and peak bodies including the Committee for Sydney, Australian Retailers Association, NSW Indigenous Business Chamber of Commerce and Canva”.
The Committee for Sydney, funded by corporations, government agencies and cultural institutions, describes itself as “the city’s peak advocacy and urban policy think tank”.
Members on the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel est. 2008. Photo: City of Sydney.
Groups joining advisory panels include Homelessness NSW in the Housing for All working group, and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and Multicultural NSW on the Multicultural advisory panel.
Members appointed to the Cultural and Creative Sector Advisory Panel include the Sydney Opera House, Music NSW and Spectrum Films.
Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore said the advisory panels “play a crucial role in guiding our work, ensuring experts from a range of sectors – creative, business, housing, climate, multicultural, hospitality and entertainment – help us identify and respond to emerging issues and opportunities”.
“These panels are a reflection of our values and our commitment to the community. Enlisting the help new experts in housing, culture, business and social cohesion will help us navigate the challenges facing our city at this most critical time.”
Council says each panel has also been appointed with a Sydney Councillor representative.