Congratulating Emerge Graduates of 2015

  On Tuesday the 8th of December Shayne attended the 2015 Emerge graduation, representing the Minister for Disabilities, the Hon. John Ajaka. Emerge is a nine month leadership program designed to develop leadership capacity and experience in young adults with cerebral palsy. In Sydney this program partners staff from the Commonwealth Bank with young adults from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Each participant is matched to a personal coach for a year who assists them to identify and build on their strengths. The program aims to build confidence and familiarity in the business environment, and develop a network of professionals and friends. Click here to read Shayne's speech and find out more about Emerge. Continue reading

My Speech to SSROC's Contaminated Land Conference

  Last week on the 23rd of November, it was my pleasure to present the keynote speech to a Conference on Contaminated Lands organised by Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC). The conference was held at what was once the headquarters of Fairfax where I previously worked in their corporate division. It is now the University of Technology’s Aerial Function Centre. Continue reading

Newcastle Rail Speech

On the 14th of October, 2015 I spoke in support on the Baird Liberal Government's legislation to truncate the Newcastle rail spurr and replace it with state of the art Light Rail. This will bring a raft of benefits to the people of Newcastle, a city which has been ignored by Labor for decades. Newcastle needs light rail and the transit oriented development it will bring, to make the transition from being a city is focussed on mining, to one based on high value knowledge jobs; in Tourism, Education, medicine and research. There is a clear need for Newcastle to have a well-connected, highly liveable urban centre, essential for attracting and keeping students and workers. Novocastrians understand that it is the heavy rail line which divides the city. Heavy Rail Line does not allow for the kind of pedestrian and vehicular access needed to activate the waterfront. You cannot have a completely integrated, connected city with a Berlin wall of heavy rail running through it. Because Light Rail uses an existing street pattern it can become a proper part of the built fabric of the city in a way Heavy Rail cannot. Light Rail doesn’t need the over-engineered pedestrian brick walls. It doesn’t need the large mortar & brick stations. All the evidence suggests that people take ownership of their city’s light rail project because it is integrated, rather than separated from their urban existence. Continue reading