Figtree Conference Centre wins Inclusion Award

figtree staffABOVE: Some of the team (from left) Jannah Chandler, Patricia D., Mark Anacki, Nancy Begley, Li Ern Soo, Fiona Thistlethwaite and Sue O’Rourke at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on the evening of the awards. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUE O’ROURKE 

Figtree Conference Centre, a social enterprise of Flourish Australia, won the 2018 Western Sydney Award for Business Excellence in the category of Excellence in Workplace Inclusion. The other nominees in this category were Ronald McDonald House and Kurrajong Kitchen. 

The difference with Figtree Conference Centre is that every event hosted here contributes to positive social outcomes by creating a work culture where those on their mental health recovery journey can thrive. 

The Figtree team received their award at a gala event hosted by the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce on 21st of September. Team members who were able to attend on the night included Patricia Dell’Olio (Peer Worker), Mark Anacki, Nancy Begley, Li Ern Soo, Jannah Chandler and Deonny Zaroual (Conference Centre Assistants), Fiona Thistlethwaite (Conference Centre Assistant Supervisor) and Sue O’Rourke (Venue Coordinator). 

The keynote speaker was The Hon Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales. Other guests included former Leader of the Opposition Luke Foley and 700 representatives of the Western Sydney business community. 

figtree awardABOVE: Figtree Conference Centre’s Award

Founded in 1990 by the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, “the Awards Gala annually recognises outstanding business leaders and organisations who are actively contributing to Western Sydney’s rapidly developing economy.” (WSABE) The WSABE received “roughly 300 entries of an exceptional standard, (so) each and every winner should be proud of their accomplishments.” 

Featherdale Wildlife Park won WSABE’s most prestigious award, the Commonwealth Bank Business of the Year. 

The aim of the WSABE is to serve as “a meeting point for businesses in Western Sydney and build towards its objectives of establishing a more unified and prosperous Western Sydney business community.” 

About Figtree Conference Centre 

Figtree Conference Centre is located at 5 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park and centrally located to the business hubs of Parramatta, Rhodes, North Ryde and the Sydney CBD. We have 70 free on-site parking spaces available for Figtree Conference Centre customers. On street parking and paid parking at the P2 parking station at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and the P3 parking station on Sarah Durack Avenue is also available. 

If you are interested in booking with Figtree Conference Centre, you can make an enquiry online by going to or you can email or call us on (02) 9393 9051. Our office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. 

WSABE. (n.d.). WSABE 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018, from Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence: 

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