Tim Williams, the CEO of the Committee for Sydney, joins Nikki
Robinson to explore the importance of a clear vision to the success
of an urban renewal project.
Tim Williams: The canvas of the city is the
greatest canvas you can think of. Especially like a city like
Sydney, where the idea is that we can get big city transformations
but have great achievements for people so that there's a change
of place but also opportunities for people. Those two parts of the
urban renewal agenda just can't be beaten.
Nikki Robinson: I talk about myself as being a
bit of a dirt person. It's a property term where you can drive
around the city and see the projects that you've worked on and
how they have reinvigorated and brought alive a community, and
that's something that I take a great deal of satisfaction
Tim Williams: I'm Tim Williams and I'm
chief executive of the Committee for Sydney which is a think tank
for a greater Sydney.
Nikki Robinson: Hi, I'm Nikki Robinson. I
am the national practice group leader for the Real Estate practice
at Clayton Utz.
Tim Williams: Before coming to Australia I was
one of the UK's leading experts and thinkers around urban
regeneration, urban renewal and I advised governments over five or
six years in the UK.
Nikki Robinson: A lot of the work that I do is
in the development space and it is largely focused on urban renewal
projects or developments of a larger scale in terms of
redevelopments of cities.
Tim Williams: The thing about a great
metropolitan city like Sydney is we need a vision for what is a
global city rather than just a little part of it. So I think the
important thing is to have a vision at the level of what a great
urban renewal site can do for the rest of the city.
Nikki Robinson: We take that amazing 3D vision
and we convert it to paper. So, we need to really understand what
the output they're seeking is, and make sure that we're
bringing all of the right people into the project at the right time
and co-ordinating what they're delivering to ensure that what
looks great out there is actually delivered for the government at
the end of the day.
Tim Williams: If you've got a big chunk of
city, lots of people care about whether you get it right. So there
are lots of elements like integration of land use and public
transport. Public and private relationship, the relationship
between the private sector and government – critical. How you
engage with the community – critical. All these things add up
to four or five keys to success and I like the Clayton Utz
conversation about this because I think they're really getting
to the heart of what needs to be thought about in a good urban
Nikki Robinson: So, sustainability is a really
good one. It's become a really important factor for government
when they're delivering on a project and each time we do a
project we learn a little bit more about how better to deliver
that. So in some instances it might be a through a central energy
plant, or bringing the ideas from the last deal that we did into
the next deal that we do and making sure that we do it better each
time that we deliver it. Another really big area is looking at how
the community and stakeholder discussions are held and ensuring
that they're done really early and well to ensure that we bring
people along in delivering the vision for government.
Tim Williams: Visions need to deliver tangible outcomes for the
community. We can have health outcomes that are going to improve,
education outcomes that are going to improve, social outcomes,
skills outcomes, a broad range of outcomes that the community can
say that is worth supporting in terms of big city change. So
clarity of vision leads to clarity of outcomes that we wish to
Nikki Robinson: There's lots of different
parts about why I love what I do. I love being with people. And I
love actually looking at what that vision is and helping someone
Tim Williams: We work with partners like
Clayton Utz on developing policy for a global city, to make sure
that we grow the city properly. We maximise our opportunities and
we make sure there are opportunities for all.
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