NUW Alliance to launch six cities region vision

Governments, community and industry are planning on a larger scale to achieve greater cohesion, momentum and impact. The ‘Six Cities Region’ encompassing Newcastle, Wollongong and Greater Sydney is home to around 25 per cent of the Australian population and represents Australia’s greatest opportunity for realising transformative, sustainable, and inclusive development in the decades ahead. As drivers of the knowledge economy, and a force for social good, universities have a critical role to play.

CEO of NUW Alliance Professor Andy Marks said “Change and innovation doesn’t happen in isolation, it requires a level of collaboration, cooperation and determination to deliver real world impact and benefit for our communities through the Six Cities Region.”

The NUW Alliance are excited to host the 'Six Cities Region Launch event' on Wednesday, 5 October to present our new strategic priorities 1) Women; 2) Infrastructure; and 3) Sustainability.

With a geographical footprint which precisely aligns with the Six Cities Region, the NUW Alliance’s strategic priorities will focus on support for our research, teaching and student communities and to provide positive social impact in the community at large.

Although our Six Cities geographical location provides a clear focus, NUW Alliance will also work strategically to deliver global impact, leveraging our size and scale.

Professor Marks stated - “Our vision is to unlock and realise the potential of the Six Cities Region and make it a better place for generations to come. That requires partnership on a scale and of a depth the NUW Alliance is ideally suited to deliver. It starts with our First Nations people and evolves through inclusive, purposeful, and genuine collaboration.”

Australia’s first global city region demands a partnership of reciprocal scale, purpose and potential. The NUW Alliance is an alliance fit for a global city region.

Universities bring impartial evidence, deep expertise, agility, and rigour. The consolidation of NSW Government planning and policy development on the spatially defined Six Cities Region – via the Greater Cities Commission – creates a rare and opportune synergy, to achieve focus and purpose in effort. This is a moment we cannot afford to miss in service of our communities.

The NUW Alliance is a grouping of four leading Australian universities, The University of Newcastle, the University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University.


27  September  2022

Media Unit

Event details

Date:  Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Time: 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm AEDT

Location: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Speakers include:

  • Geoff Roberts AM, Chief Commissioner of the Greater Cities Commission
  • Associate Professor Rae-Dufty Jones, Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Western Sydney
  • Eamon Waterford Chief Strategy Officer NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade

To close the event, we are pleased to announce a panel discussion will be held by the NUW Alliance's Vice Chancellors and Presidents + Senior Leadership team.

Presenters include:

  • Professor Patricia Davidson, University of Wollongong
  • Professor Barney Glover AO, University of Western Sydney
  • Professor Alex Zelinksy AO, University of Newcastle
  • Professor Anne Simmons AM, UNSW Sydney

To register click here (opens in a new window).