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 world class reputation on the global stage.
Ranging from First Nation members to business leaders, universities and regional producers, 93 esteemed individuals have been named as official ICC Sydney Advocates.
Place Management New South Wales Chair, Helen Coonan said the formalisation of this group of advocates highlights ICC Sydney’s commitment to serving the community which directly correlates with its outstanding performance to date.
“Not only has ICC Sydney exceeded the key performance indicators set by the State, 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.”
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Innovation and Enterprise, Professor Glenn Wightwick echoed Coonan’s comments, stating that ICC Sydney is an important contributor to innovation and industry engagement in Sydney, actively providing 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. 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 she was honoured to be named as an official advocate for the venue, which has demonstrated its commitment to advocating for the original custodians of the land on which it stands, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.
“ICC Sydney works tirelessly to promote opportunities for First Nations 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. 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.”