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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Event Summary / 活动概况

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  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 East 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 and overview of the Future of Western Sydney
9:25AM – Keynote – David Chin, Managing Director, BasisPoint

  • Insights on Chinese/Asian capital and lifestyle influences, and opportunities generated in Western Sydney

9:50AM – Panel Discussion 1
Rick Alloggia, MD INVOKE Property (Moderator) – Paul Zahara, ED, Austar Fund Management – David Mao, ED, White & Partners

  • Non-bank Lending and the property down cycle in WS – strategies, opportunities and challenges

10:25AM – Panel Discussion 2
Stuart Brown, CEO, BlackWall Limited – more to be announced

  • New trends in WS – eat streets, esoteric opportunities, retail change, agri-business
    opportunities from the new airport

11:00AM – Closing Comments
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).

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 and will comprise 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)

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