Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Sydney Olympic Park 2050 Place Vision and Strategy consultation
The announcement that the Sydney Metro will have a station at Sydney Olympic Park created the catalyst for a considered long-term vision and strategy to be developed with community and stakeholders to ensure Sydney Olympic Park can reach its true potential.
In July 2021, SGS Economics and Planning were appointed as project lead along with Cred Consulting as community and stakeholder engagement lead for the Sydney Olympic Park 2050 Place Vision and Strategy project. Cred Consulting designed and delivered a Covid-safe engagement program that sought to build trust, allow a mix of stakeholders to hear from each other, and was inclusive through targeted consultation with a broad range of stakeholders representing the diverse interests in Sydney Olympic Park.
Cred Consulting in partnership with First Nations community and engagement specialist, Susan Moylan-Coombs (Gaimaragal Group) took a First Nations first approach to the engagement. A bespoke Acknowledgement of Country specifically celebrating the 70,000 years of continuous significance of the place to First Nations people was developed and shared at all engagement events; we undertook First Nations stakeholder mapping and identification (which revealed a Traditional Owner Wangal woman, with whom Sydney Olympic Park Authority did not have a relationship previously); and we held a First Nations focus group and asked a line of questioning about care for Country throughout the broad engagement. First Nations voices and visions for the future were elevated throughout the consultation.