Business After Hours At Optus

Review: Business After Hours hosted by Optus, 10 October

Business After Hours at OptusThe district’s biggest employer Optus hosted our October Business After Hours, with a focus on the issues surrounding getting to and from work in a precinct which is becomingly increasingly congested, and the growth of the precinct as an innovation hub.

Upcoming projects such as the Sydney Metro – which will see the Epping-Chatswood rail link disabled while track updates take place – and the ongoing construction of new commercial buildings in the area mean a long commute for many.

So what can you do about it if you work in North Ryde/Macquarie Park? Optus had a great lineup of guest speakers with information and ideas:

  • Member for Ryde The Hon Victor Dominello MP spoke about Macquarie Park’s rise as an innovation destination, and the positive future that held for the region.
  • Jane Richardson, Director Transport Integration for Sydney Metro Northwest – Transport for NSW, gave an update on the Sydney Metro Northwest construction. The line will run from Rouse Hill and connect with Epping and replace the existing Rail Link to Chatswood, with buses replacing the existing Epping-Chatswood route while the line is reconstructed. It’s going to be worth the hassle. When the Metro is up and running there will be trains every four minutes.
  • Penny Dillon, Sustainable Transport Manager – OPTUS, showed a short video on Optus’ sustainable transport policy. The company runs private buses for its staff, encourages the use of cycling and ride sharing, and working offsite – from home or at other Optus facilities – to lessen the load on the roads in Macquarie Park in peak hour. Optus has an enviable record of around 60% of employees using sustainable transport to get to work rather than drive alone in a car. Optus also has GoGet cars on site which employees can use if they have an offsite meeting.
  • Malcolm McDonald

    Malcolm McDonald

    Zara Whitwell of Connect Macquarie Park continued the theme and spoke about Co-Hop ride sharing, the SmartCommute app that shows transport availability and problems, and changing commuter behaviour by seeking other ways to get to work.

  • Malcolm McDonald, Precinct Manager Urban Renewal, Dept of Planning & Environment, spoke about future plans for Macquarie Park both as an employment hub and a place to live, improved public domain and spaces, more walking and cycling paths and a vibrant community centre. The area will be mixing commercial increasingly with residential.

See photos from the event on our Facebook album.

Who was there


  • John Alexander MP, Member for Bennelong
  • The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, Member for Ryde
  • Clr Craig Chung, City of Sydney


  • Roy Newsome, Acting GM, City of Ryde
  • The Hon Patricia Forsythe – Sydney Business Chamber
  • The Hon Victor Dominello, MP, Member for Ryde

Chamber Presidents:

  • Tony Hackett, Epping Chamber of Commerce

Level 1 members:

  • Anna Ainsworth – Eden Gardens
  • Emma Stone – Courtyard by Marriott
  • Colin Stibbs – CPSA

Level 2 members:

  • Snowden Parkes
  • Helloworld
  • Watermark
  • Laboratories Credit Union

New members

Tony introduced Meyer Mussry of management consultants Savant Corporation, who is offering a special discount to RBF members.

Business of the Month

Courtyard by Marriott North Ryde was drawn out as our October Business of the Month – did you know it’s the area’s only hotel which has a restaurant open for dinner? Another good reason to book your stay there. Phone 9491 9500.