ICTC & Mainstreet 2015 Conference
Field Trips
Friday 24 July  
Field Trip 1 Wollongong: A Revitalising City 
Proudly sponsored by Wollongong City Council
Departs Novotel at 9.00am - returns 3.15pm   Maximum 80 people on tour.
Blue Mile and Foreshore Precinct

Start this journey along the jewel of the city, the foreshore.  Walk the Blue Mile, and experience the result of the 2007 Master Plan, a vision to create a high quality destination for visitors and residents to enjoy. On this field trip we will have a detailed look at the refurbishment of the North Beach precinct.

University of Wollongong

Recognised nationally and internationally not just for academic excellence, the University of Wollongong is well recognised for the quality of its landscape, environment and culture.  Through purposely planned spaces the University has been able to create a true community feel for students.

City Centre Revitalisation

Since 2010, Wollongong city centre has seen over $1 billion worth of development, with the centrepiece being the $20 million refurbishment of Crown Street Mall, and a new $200 million dollar shopping precinct by GPT.  Complementing this period of high investment and revitalisation is an evolving cosmopolitan culture with art, music and coffee leading the re-creation of the city. 

Take a tour of the city with the people facilitating change, experience the laneways, see the internationally renowned SMUG Wonderwalls, indulge in the thriving café culture, and visit the lively Friday fresh produce markets while you hear the story behind change in the city.  Hear about the façade renewal project transforming streets, and hear the design philosophy behind Wollongong Central and Crown Street Mall.

Field Trip 2 Parramatta: We are building Australia's next great city - Proudly sponsored by Parramatta City Council

Departs Novotel 8.45am – returns 5.00pm   Maximum 57 people on tour.

Parramatta is recognised as the future growth centre of Sydney and offers a wide range of attractions - from the rich heritage sites, to the  thriving food district and natural wonders of Lake Parramatta and the River. 

On arrival to Parramatta you will be introduced to the Farmers Markets in the recently redeveloped Centenary Square, where you can enjoy morning tea from the local producers at the Long Table at Parramatta Town Hall and hear an introduction from our Lord Mayor. 

Parramatta City Centre: Parramatta Square | Eat Street | Riverside Theatre & Lennox Bridge | River foreshore | Artists’ Studios | 

Following morning tea, a short walking tour will take groups to five separate locations within the CBD where you will get to experience the vibrant and modern vibe of our cosmopolitan city. You will traverse laneways full of unique food experiences, explore colonial history, absorb the evolving River waterfront and finally arrive in Parramatta Square for an update on this once in a life time urban renewal project. Hear the background on the project, key features and insights into this nationally significant $2 billion project.  

Food, art and activation

Boasting more than 180 restaurants, cafes, eateries and bars in the CBD, Parramatta offers a huge array of flavours from around the world. Jamie’s Trattoria has opened in the new Centenary Square, joining the likes of Bourke Street Bakery, The Emporium and the rich and diverse offerings in Parramatta’s famed ‘Eat Street’ precinct. There’s a strong coffee culture and vibrant evening economy. See why Parramatta fills with large crowds; alfresco dining, music and the sounds and smells of great cooking. 

Parramatta Artists Studios is situated at Level 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta. The Studios offers 14 affordable non-residential and 1 residential studios to emerging and established contemporary artists, craft practitioners and creative industry professionals.

Parramatta Artists Studios are available to painters, sculptors, designers, new media artists, writers, curators, performers, filmmakers, musicians, dramaturges and poets.

The Studios helps contemporary arts production by providing a hot house for new ideas and an incubator for collaboration. Programs include artist professional development courses, national and international artist in residencies and a regular program of events, programs and changing exhibitions. It also houses a gallery space, open to the public five days per week which also hosts a number of openings during the year.

Parramatta Square

The Parramatta CBD skyline will change forever with more than $8 billion being invested in building and construction opportunities. Already a major transport hub, dining and shopping precinct and sporting and events destination, this investment will accelerate Parramatta's journey to become Australia’s Next Great City. 

The State Government has identified Parramatta to join the City of Sydney as the dual CBDs that will drive the state economy. The $2 billion Parramatta Square development is underway with the University of Western Sydney city campus set to host 3,500 students daily when it opens in 2017. Add to that a $1 billion dollar light rail, a $900 million investment in Westmead bio-medical precinct, relocation of the Powerhouse Museum and a proposed new stadium… opportunities abound in Parramatta.

Riverfront revitalisation and accessibility

You will traverse laneways full of food surprises and conversations, stumble across colonial history, absorb the evolving River waterfront and finally arrive in Parramatta Square for an update on this once in a life time project. Hear the background on the project, key features and insights into success of such a nationally significant project.  

A river quay, vibrant new outdoor entertainment areas and terraces and a world-class public square are part of a bold new vision to activate the Parramatta River foreshore under a plan adopted by Parramatta City Council.

The $200 million public domain project will be completed in stages over a 20-year timeframe with funding from a range of sources including Council, the State Government and the private sector.

The first phase of the project will be the development of Parramatta Quay to coincide with the $100 million commitment from the State Government to upgrade Parramatta and Rydalmere Ferry Wharves.

Work is also underway to progress plans to realise River Square, a large multi-purpose riverside public space designed to accommodate up to 10,000 people for celebrations and major civic events. As members of the Parramatta River Catchment Group, Council is supporting the ‘Our Living River’ initiative to improve the water quality and make the river swimmable by 2025. 

Lunch at Jamie Oliver's Tratottoria

Following the tour delegates will enjoy lunch at the new Jamie’s Italian Trattoria where you will hear from one of Jamie Oliver’s Trattoria management team as to why they have opened their restaurant in Parramatta. Council’s CEO Greg Dyer will also briefly address delegates. 

Harris Park Precinct - foods of the sub continent

After lunch, we are back on the bus for a final stop at the nearby Harris Park Precinct which has now become a popular food destination for authentic Indian cuisines.

Drop-offs airport: Delegates flying out Friday afternoon may wish to take their luggage on board – The coach will depart Parramatta at 3pm and will arrive at the airport approximately 3.45pm (be sure to allow extra time for flights in case of traffic congestion). Delegates returning to Wollongong will depart on a separate coach from Parramatta back to Wollongong.

Evening Economy Walking Tour
Thursday 23 July 5.20pm – 6.40pm

Take a guided walk around some of Wollongong’s funkiest backlane bars, boutique cafes and bespoke businesses. Hear from business owners about why they’re choosing Wollongong and where to next for them. Stroll past the new lighting at Wollongong Central and mall redevelopment before finishing at one of the latest hip places to pop up - taking advantage of the buzzing evening economy. You might even see the musical stylings and theatrics of some of Wollongong’s local performers as you make your way through the Wollongong City Centre as part of the Live Sites in the City program. 

Be sure to hear Wollongong’s evening economy presentation in Session 10D just prior to this tour. 

Departs from Novotel Wollongong. Numbers are strictly limited for this one - first in (first registered) best dressed. Inclusive for full delegates only 


Networking function
Wednesday 22 July, 2015  5.30pm –7.00pm  
Lagoon Seafood Restaurant - Inclusive for full delegates and includes canapes and beverages

Unwind and mingle with colleagues as you enjoy spectacular water and beach views from every angle of Wollongong’s premier fine dining seafood restaurant. It’s the perfect beachside setting to have a drink and experience quality local produce. From the Novotel Lagoon is a a short 3 minute walk north along the beachfront and park.

 Additional Ticket $55.00 per person