March 20, 2019 8:30 am - 11:40 am

Preparing for Pain and Gain in Western Sydney

Seminar: Wednesday 20th March 2019 | Parramatta


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Preparing for pain and gain in Western Sydney

Get ready for fast and furious times in Western Sydney as geopolitics, infrastructure capex, Chinese capital, and a property downdraft generates esoteric opportunities and challenges.

Join us for a breakfast seminar and networking session where two expert panels will examine a series of trends that are rapidly converging to provide both challenge and opportunity as they change Western Sydney forever.

Panel 1 – Non-bank lenders and the changing property cycle in Western Sydney

Many developers are facing their first ever property downturn.  What are the strategies required to handle this new environment?

What role will non-bank lenders, both Australian ‘Old Money’ and new ‘Chinese money’, play in this property cycle?

Will capital from Chinese and Asian investors continue to flow?  How will China’s own financial and economic challenges  and the US-China economic stand-off impact on business and sentiment?

Panel 2 – New trends in Western Sydney – eat streets, retail change and agribusiness opportunities from the new airport

$100 billion infrastructure capex is earmarked for Western Sydney over the next 20 years.  How will this change property, business and lifestyle dynamics in the region?

Will the new Badgerys Creek airport give birth to education/medical/parent tourism in WS? What are the property, education, healthcare and business opportunities?

Will a new Bicester arise in Western Sydney?

  • Bicester – a little town 75km from central London and of little note for tourists – last year received 6.6 million visitors, on par with the British Museum. Half of those visitors were from China.
  • Driving these visitor numbers is a one kilometre shopping strip of 160 ‘clapboard outlets’ selling genuine luxury brands such as Boss, Gucci, and Versace at discounted prices.
  • The tiny town is said to be the second-most-popular destination for Chinese visitors to Britain after Buckingham Palace.

Will the new airport make Western Sydney the new food manufacturing and freight hub for Eastern Australia?

  • What lessons can Western Sydney Airport learn from Wellcamp airport Toowoomba?
  • Will Australian agri-businesses move along the supply chain and become advanced food manufacturers and food brand owners?
  • Will regional agricultural towns with good transport access to Badgerys Creek flourish, therefore generating land revaluations and encourage agri-infrastructure capex?

The rise and rise of Eat Streets across Western Sydney in places like Burwood, Eastwood, Ashfield, Lidcombe, Cabramatta, & Canley Heights amongst others has triggered a chain reaction. The critical mass of eateries gives more food options, thereby attracting more customers from nearby high-density apartments, or from new or revamped railway nodes, while time-poor lifestyles also drives momentum.

Fast growing Asian restaurant chains are benefiting from this trend.  Will these businesses adopt a McDonald’s model, where owning the restaurant premises becomes the wealth generator, opening a new source of property players?

Will the creation of large Asian-style hawker centres within major apartment complexes be the next development trend to:

  • Enable developers to create a better sense of community amongst residents and neighbours?
  • Allow aspiring local chefs, who don’t have the capital to start their restaurant, to launch their food career with a single signature dish?
  • Give residents more localised healthy and low cost food options due to the lower-cost business model of a hawker food vendor?
  • Provide a safe social space for the community to meet regularly and grow accustomed to eating out in an Australian-inspired architect designed centre?

How will developers, retail property owners, planning authorities, residents, investors, lenders and industry service provides respond to and interact in this dynamic new environment?

Who should attend?

Australian and Chinese wholesale investors, asset and property owners/developers, fund managers and business founders, CEOs and executives exposed to China.

*for certain delegate restrictions, please refer to registration form


Wednesday 20th March 2019 | 8:30AM – 11:40AM

Deloitte, Eclipse Tower
Level 19, 60 Station Street, Parramatta


Earlybird: $90 + GST (click here to register)
Regular Pricing: $130 + GST

Agenda / 会议议程

8:30AM – Registration and buffet breakfast with networking
9:00AM – Welcome remarks – Xenia Delaney, Partner, Deloitte
9:05AMOverview of the Future of Western Sydney – Theo Psychogios, Partner, Deloitte
9:25AMInsights on Chinese/Asian capital and lifestyle influences, and opportunities generated in Western Sydney – David Chin, Managing Director, BasisPoint
9:50AM – Panel Discussion 1
Non-bank Lending and the property down cycle in WS – strategies, opportunities and challenges

  • Rick Alloggia, MD INVOKE Property (Moderator)
  • Paul Zahara, ED, Austar Fund Management
  • David Mao, ED, White & Partners
  • Peter Packer, Director, Dorado Property

10:25AM – Panel Discussion 2
New trends in WS – eat streets, esoteric opportunities, retail change, agri-business opportunities from the new airport

  • David Hagger, Partner, Deloitte (Moderator)
  • Stuart Brown, CEO, BlackWall Limited
  • Hao Liu, Managing Director, Starryland Australia
  • Philip Davies, Partner, Deloitte

11:00AM – Closing Comments – Vera Ou-Young, Partner & National Chinese Services Group Leader, Deloitte
11:10AM – Morning tea and networking
11:40AM – Close

Speaker Biography

David Chin

David Chin

Managing Director, Basis Point

David Chin founded Basis Point 20 years ago to provide insights, connections, and investment platforms for the Aus-China & Aus-Asia institutional, wholesale and high-net-worth investment community. He has become a ‘thought-leader’ in the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and Chinese investment sector.

As a second generation Australian with a Malaysian-Chinese heritage, he is keen to facilitate greater engagement between recent Chinese/Asian migrants and expats with the wider Australian community.
His career background is in derivatives, futures and hedge funds, consulting to government and semi-government institutions and exchanges globally and in the Asia-Pacific. He was previously Head of Marketing at Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE), and is the author of Thy Fiefdom Comes, a fantasy/science fiction novel.

David Mao

David Mao

Executive Director, White & Partners

David is an Executive Director within the Investments and Debt Management teams of White & Partners.

The firm is part of the 4th generation White Family Group which encompasses the Ray White real estate business established more than 100 years ago, Loan Market and Apmasphere.

White & Partners invests on behalf of the White family and external investors including family offices and HNW individuals. The firm also provides advisory and debt management services in the real estate sector.

David is keen to build on Ray White’s presence in Australia, China and across Asia to help Australian and Chinese developers obtain financing and Asian investors explore attractive equity opportunities across all Australian real estate asset classes.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and previously worked at Greenstone Partners and Macquarie Capital.

Paul Zahara

Paul Zahara

Executive Director, Austar Fund Management

Paul has over 38 years’ experience in finance and funds management including positions as Chief Executive Officer for a property funds management company and a development company. Over his career Paul has had special interest in identifying, measuring and managing risk in property projects, with the objective of protecting the interests of investors in the funds he manages.

Austar Fund is an Australian based non-bank lender that sources funding from the Austar Group. The group was founded in 1992 and is involved in business migration, education, property development, property selling, and funds management. Austar Group has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Auckland, Vancouver and 20+ cities in China, with more than 800 employees.

Mr. Zahara is a qualified land economist, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has sat on the Boards of numerous financial services companies over the past 30 years. He also teaches a course in Market and Risk Analysis in the Masters of Property Development Program at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Peter Packer

Peter Packer

Director, Dorado Property

Peter Packer is a founding Director of Dorado Property, a multi-family investment house specialising in Australian property development. As a trusted partner in commercial property development, Dorado provides innovative debt and equity solutions backed by integrity and expertise for any stage of development from pre-approval through to post-completion.

Peter co-founded Dorado 10 years ago and currently oversees the company’s co-investor relationships, deal origination, and strategic direction in Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territory.

Dorado now has offices in Perth and Sydney, offering a range of funding options including First Mortgage, Mezzanine Debt, and Preferred Equity. Each project is treated as a unique opportunity, with funding tailored to meet the specific needs of the developer.

Peter has extensive experience in the property development industry prior to beginning Dorado, specifically in project management at Mirvac and LWP, development and real estate advisory, and insolvency at KordaMentha.

Garry Millhouse

Garry Millhouse

Partner, Deloitte

Garry Millhouse is a partner in Deloitte Private based in Western Sydney. With over 25 years of experience as a trusted advisor to private companies, family groups and high net worth individuals, Garry’s wealth of experience includes providing expertise in business advisory, taxation planning and compliance, succession and estate planning, and accounts preparation and financial analysis. Garry’s focus on business and family needs means that he can operate across a wide range of sectors, including the property, construction and development industry.

Theo Psychogios

Theo Psychogios

Partner, Deloitte

Theo Psychogios provides services to local, State, and Federal governments, government agencies and the private sector organisations they interact with.

Theo has a broad background in consulting and advisory services, having been responsible for the management and execution of advice across a range of sectors including transport and infrastructure, defence, health, education, water, community and social housing, energy and real estate.

Theo also has strong experience in the development of feasibility studies and business cases, strategic procurement, market and industry analysis, economic impact assessments, program and organisational reviews, governance advice, project risk allocation, financial and economic appraisals, strategy and policy advice, socio economic research.

David Hagger

David Hagger

Partner, Deloitte

David is an experienced corporate finance partner specialising in the delivery of transaction services, due diligence and acting as the investigating accountant on IPO transactions. David founded the corporate finance practice in the Western Sydney office which focuses on mid-market transactions, often working with privately owned and multi-national companies. David is the lead real estate partner for Transaction Services and has worked right across the spectrum of construction, property development, retirement living, funds management and building supplies businesses.

Rick Alloggia

Rick Alloggia

Managing Director INVOKE Property

Mr Rick Alloggia is the Managing Director of INVOKE Property, an independent property advisory and deal facilitation firm that provides innovative and strategic property solutions for public and private companies, & high wealth family enterprises seeking to create, sustain and realise value. INVOKE provides tailored end-to-end development management services to meet the particular needs of each client.

He was previously Executive General Manager of Celestino, a private development company, owned by the Baiada family, with a development portfolio exceeding $10bn predominantly in Western Sydney and South East Queensland.

Rick was responsible for the rezoning and delivery of several master planned communities including the Sydney Science Park at Luddenham in Western Sydney. This project will be a $5bn fully integrated community that will create more than 12,000 knowledge-based jobs, cater to over 10,000 students and be home to over 10,000 residents.

Equally, Rick oversaw the rezoning of The Gables, a 4,500 lot residential estate at Box Hill in North-West Sydney.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney. He is a member of the Property Council of Australia, having held appointments to its NSW Divisional Council and Industry Committees.

Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

CEO, BlackWall Limited

Stuart is the CEO of BlackWall and has been involved in property development, management and funding for 20 years.

BlackWall Limited is an ASX-listed real estate company operating two separate but complementary subsidiaries, WOTSO WorkSpace and BlackWall Property Funds.

Its balance sheet is used to secure opportunities for the operating businesses and the firm holds a strategic position in its listed, total return A-REIT BlackWall Property Trust

Stuart has run debt and equity raisings in relation to listed and unlisted real estate structures worth over a half a billion dollars. In his earlier career, Stuart practised as a solicitor in the areas of real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate advisory with Mallesons and Gilbert + Tobin.

Stuart also sits on the Board as an Independent Director of Coogee Boys Preparatory School and Randwick Rugby Club.

Hao Liu

Hao Liu

Managing Director, Starryland Australia

Hao directly oversees all facets of property development for Starryland Australia including site acquisition, financing, project management, financial modelling, due diligence, and project sales and marketing.

Starryland is a subsidiary of the Chinese publicly listed company, Fuxing Huiyu Real Estate Co, one of the largest property developers in China.

The firm’s Australian projects includes the Promenade in Parramatta, spanning over 5 hectares comprising of 774 luxury 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments across 11 towers, ranging from two to twelve storeys set in a resort-style riverfront location

Hao has a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bradford (UK)

Xenia Delaney

Xenia Delaney

Partner, Deloitte

Xenia Delaney leads the Deloitte Private Group in Western Sydney. Xenia has a strong track record of delivering services to listed public companies, substantial Australian private companies and private equity funds. With more than 23 years of professional experience, including 11 years as an Assurance and Advisory partner, Xenia has the requisite technical accounting, reporting and advisory skills to consistently provide her clients across a diverse range of industries with solutions that are both compliant and commercially sound.

Philip Davies

Philip Davies

Partner, Deloitte

Philip is an Infrastructure Advisory Partner with Deloitte and has successfully led global organisations delivering policy reform, strategy development and implementation, infrastructure projects from problem definition to operation, and the transformation of service delivery outcomes.
He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Philip was until recently, the CEO of Infrastructure Australia, and led the development of the national Australian Infrastructure Audit, the 15 year Australian Infrastructure Plan, a series of planning and market reform recommendations, and the development of the national list of priority investments, the Infrastructure Priority List.

Philip has a comprehensive understanding of the nationally significant investments and reforms Australia needs to meet a rapidly growing population and maintain Australian’s Quality of life, the connectivity of regional Australia and the liveability of our Cities.

Philip also chairs the Australian Logistics Council and the SMART Infrastructure facility advisory council at the University of Wollongong.

Vera Ou-Young

Vera Ou-Young

Deloitte Australia Chinese Services Group Leader

Vera joined Deloitte as a Partner in August 2017 as National Leader of Chinese Services Group. Vera is an Asian-Australian relationship specialist, and is seen by her senior colleagues as an architect of East-West success.

She is a versatile senior executive with extensive industry, client relationship and business development experience. Being fluent in a breadth of Asian languages, as well as having the ability to adapt to different Asian cultural settings, Vera brings strong and innovative insights to Asian business.

Vera has been instrumental as a key contributor to the 2016 ‘Australia’s Diaspora Advantage: Realising the potential for build transnational business networks with Asia’ national research report.

She also actively participated on the Expert Panel for “Leading in the Asian Century”, a National Barometer research project of Diversity Council Australia, which is establishing the first-ever ‘Australian workforce in the Asian Century’ national benchmarks through a nationally representative survey of Australian workers on Asia capability and diversity and inclusion experiences in the Asian Century.

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Deloitte, Eclipse Tower
Level 19, 60 Station Street, Parramatta




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