NGAA National Congress

The National Growth Areas Alliance’s 2018 National Congress will be presented in Sydney’s outer suburbs and will run from November 18-20. The Congress will bring together NGAA Members, politicians, policy makers and industry stakeholders to ask the question, ‘10 years on…Are we there yet?

This year we are celebrating a decade of NGAA’s advocacy, research, policy and funding achievements.

While an assessment of how far we have come is important, the 2018 National Congress will focus more on where we are heading next. The Congress will provide the opportunity to explore a range of important topics including:

  • Our shared vision for the next 10 years and beyond
  • Future governance models that empower local government to play a lead role in planning and development
  • Precinct and Town Centre planning models and best practice development.

Host Councils

We are delighted to welcome Campbelltown City Council, Camden Council and the Shire of Wollondilly as our hosts in 2018. Sydney's south-west is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia and we will have the opportunity to learn about the impressive work these Councils are doing to advocate for, plan and build new communities.

International Keynote Speaker

Professor Greg Clark CBE

Prof. Greg Clark is a globally renowned cities expert who will be joining us by videolink from London for a presentation followed by a one hour Q&A session. Prof Clark has recently completed some fantastic work on Australian Cities, and for NGAA he will be looking more specifically at growth areas and potential future governance models. Prof Clark’s advice was instrumental in the formation of the Greater Sydney Commission and the development of the Federal Government’s City Deal model.


  • The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister (invited)
  • The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition (invited)
  • Prof. Greg Clark
  • Nicki Hutley is a Partner at Deloitte Access Economics where she specialises in urban economics and precinct development.
  • George Megalogenis is an author and journalist who has three decades’ experience examining the political, economic and social history of Australia.
  • Alix Rhodes is Executive Director Outer Melbourne at the Victorian Planning Authority. She also has extensive experience in Western Australia.
  • Adam Beck is Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand and a leading figure in Australia's urban landscape.

Event Details

Sunday 18 November

Welcome Drinks hosted by the Shire of Wollondilly

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Monday 19 November

Congress – Day 1 at Rydges Campbelltown

9:00am - 5:30pm

NGAA Awards Dinner at Rydges Campbelltown

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday 20 November

Congress – Day 2 - Member Workshop hosted by Camden Council

9:00am - 12:30pm

Growth Areas Site Tour

1:30pm - 4:30pm


Venue and Accommodation

Day 1 of Congress and the NGAA Awards will be held at Rydges Campbelltown which has great accommodation and brand new conference facilities. Day 2 will be held at Oran Park Library, hosted by Camden Council. Transport will be provided for delegates staying at Rydges Campbelltown.

Rydges Campbelltown is around 45-60 minutes from Sydney Airport by car or public transport.

A discounted accommodation rate will be made available for Congress attendees.

Accommodation bookings must be made directly with the hotel on (02) 4645 0500.

2017 Speaker The Hon. Angus Taylor MP

2017 Speaker The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP

2017 Speaker Geoff Roberts, Deputy Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission