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Event – The Big Housing Debate

the big housing debate

Meeting the social and affordable housing needs of Western Sydney


meet the residents

post event report



The inaugural event brought together politicians, experts, industry leaders and those with lived experience to discuss the need for social and affordable housing in Western Sydney and beyond.

Here you can catch up on the key messages from the discussion in our post-event report, highlights video, livestream recording and photo gallery. Plus, you can meet our residents who shared their lived experiences.


media coverage

a big thank you to our speakers


The Honourable
Rose Jackson

Shadow Minister for Water, Housing and Homelessness

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Juanita Phillips

Australian journalist and news presenter


Hugh Hartigan

Senior Advisor, NHFIC

Rod Fehring

Rod Fehring

Executive Chairman, Frasers Property Australia


Rae Dufty-Jones

Associate Professor, Western Sydney University

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Nicole Woodrow

Development Director, Landcom


Leo Patterson Ross

Chief Executive Officer, Tenants’ Union NSW


Caryn Kakas

Head of Housing Strategy, ANZ


Ryan Banting

Director Social Infrastructure, Australian Unity

Syvilla Boon

Syvilla Boon

Associate Director Policy Housing, Deloitte

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The Honourable
Shayne Mallard

Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney

Deputy Mayor John Thain

John Thain

Deputy Mayor Penrith


Aunty Carol Cooper

Thank you to our partners Western Sydney Community Forum and The Joan 

for their invaluable support and contribution

research shared at the event