Monday, 22 October 2012

Sydney Rotarian - Barry Goldman

Barry Goldman –Property Consultant, Marketer and Innovator.

Educated:   Sydney Grammar School, Sydney Food School, and Sydney University.

Lives:  Bellevue Hill in Sydney
Married:  6 Grown up children and 4 grandchildren.

Barry was born on Sydney’s north shore in 1950 and was educated at Sydney Grammar School in the city. After school he qualified as a chef and then studied for a Diploma in Catering and Hotel Management at the Sydney Food School East Sydney. Whilst studying he was approached by Kellogg International as part of their junior executive programme to assist in the establishment of the fast food chain Hardees in Australia. Hardee’s was at that time one of the largest fast food hamburger chains in the Southern United States. He was sent to train at their headquarters in Rocky Mount South Carolina. Upon returning to Australia he was part of a team that purchased 20 drive in restaurant sites in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He was appointed administrative assistant to the managing director of food services of Kellogg International Australia. In this role, apart from site acquisition he was involved in planning, site construction, restaurant marketing and initial launch strategies. He worked closely with councils and advertising agencies such as J Walter Thompson.  The chain was eventually sold to McDonalds as the beginning  of their Australia wide  expansion programme.

In 1973 he decided to go full time into real estate and was fortunate to have the chance of join an old established real estate agency in the city. He studied real estate and valuation at the University of Sydney and became fully qualified in 1975. He built the city agency into a very large valuation practise and general agency known as Barrouclough and Goldman. The company specialised in the valuation and management and were on the valuation panels of many leading lending institutions such as banks and building societies and credit unions. He sold his interests in the company 1987 to Laing and Simmons and then went full time into property consultancy. During this time he assisted many large building and development companies in marketing numerous residential and commercial projects. He also developed an interest in the restoration of heritage buildings and has been involved in the adaptive reuse of residential buildings. Over the years, he has also personally developed numerous properties in the inner city for both residential and commercial use.
In 1999 he moved to Pyrmont in the inner city. He with his wife Katherine purchased residential and commercial property in Pyrmont and established The Portfolio Group. He built a strong following in the area and the city fringe handling commercial and residential property.

In 2001 Barry was elected President of the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce and built this organisation to a very strong lobby group negotiating with the City of Sydney Council and The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority who were both major stakeholders in the area. He also cofounded the Business Association of the City of Sydney which combined all the business chambers of commerce, partnerships and organisations in the city into a single voice which became a powerful lobby group and advocate for business. He also was involved in the establishment of Pyrmont Progress Incorporated which was set up so the residents and business could work together to achieve common goals.

In 2004 Barry along with his wife Katherine successfully assisted Clover Moore running for Lord Mayor of Sydney.  He provided office facilities and services and his wife  Katherine managed her campaign.
Over all this time, the Portfolio Group has continued to grow and operates a successful property management, sales and leasing practise throughout the city fringe. They have recently added a facilities management arm to the business.

Barry and Katherine Goldman have recently developed a totally new innovative residential agency model which is called LEDA Real Estate. This business was launched in June  2012 and is beginning to create a great deal of interest in property circles throughout Sydney as it is a totally new approach to selling property.
In recent times,  Barry and many old supporters of Clover Moore became disillusioned in the way the city was being run. In 2011 he along with several like-minded city people established the Living Sydney Independent Team to run against her at the 2012 elections in September. Barry was appointed Chairman of Living Sydney Limited.  
Barry has a great passion for Sydney its people, its life, heritage and culture.  He was concerned about the waste and financial mismanagement, the lack of safety and compliance, the plight of businesses suffering from a deliberate lack of interest by the Council to small business , the lack interest in tourism and promotion, the gridlock of traffic and the transport problems created by Clover Moore and the plight of the homeless and those in need of crisis care who are grossly underfunded.

Living Sydney ran candidates in the recent City of Sydney Council elections with the platform of a better deal for city small business and more open and transparent council governance. As Chairman of Living Sydney together with a strong support team Living Sydney was able to successfully win a seat on council for Councillor Angela Vithoulkas who is well known in city small business circles
Barry has recently been appointed a director of Jewish House Crisis Care Centre to help develop strategies to aid the very many people in Sydney in need of crisis care and counselling. This organisation helps people from all cultures and religions that need help. This area of care is grossly unfunded by all forms of government and there is an acute lack of accommodation and facilities for these people.

Barry and his wife are great travellers and have spent a great deal of time in recent years in France where one of their children has been studying for his PHD.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Former Timor-Leste President, Dr Ramos-Horta Visits Sydney for Health Fund

Former Timor-Leste President, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta was in Sydney this week to speak at a special Corporate Breakfast organised by Sydney Rotary Club in support of a Fund to improve the health and welfare of people in his country.
Dr Ramos-Horta was joined on the Speaker Panel by General Peter John Cosgrove, former Chief of the Australian Defence Force and Professor Peter McMinn, Bosch Chair of Infectious Diseases, Sydney University in the presence of The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir.

During 2012-13, the Rotary Club of Sydney will be supporting the University of Sydney’s Isin-Di’ak Fund which has been set up with the overall objective of improving health outcomes in Timor-Leste through the training and education of Timorese health professionals in treating disease. 

Professor Peter McMinn said the first major project of the Fund will be to eliminate two parasitic diseases from Timor-Leste - lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, and intestinal worms, also known as hookworms.

“Lymphatic filariasis affects up to 20% of the Timorese population and causes extensive swelling of limbs and other parts of the body, is very debilitating, but can be effectively treated.  Intestinal worms affect up to 50% of children in Timor-Leste, causing anaemia and malnutrition, and are also treatable.”

A five year program of annual mass dosing with two anti-parasitic drugs should eliminate both diseases from the country.   The training provided to health professionals during the five years will also ensure that these infections never recur.

Sydney Rotary Club President, James Allen said the success of the program will make a substantial difference to the well-being and quality of life for many Timorese people.   He appealed for private and corporate donations to meet the fundraising goal of $500,000.

 For more information, please contact Tony Benner, Communications Director,
The Rotary Club of Sydney, Tel. (02) 9279 1194 or 0407 366 140

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Lunch with David Gonski AC at Sydney Rotary Club

You have the opportunity to join David Gonski for lunch on 9th October when the Rotary Club of Sydney will present him with the Club's prestigious Vocational Service Award for 2012.

David Michael Gonski, BComm, LLB, AC, is an outstanding Australian public figure and businessman. The Sydney Morning Herald has described him as "one of the country's best-connected businessmen" and dubbed him "Mr Networks" for being "arguably Sydney's most networked man".

David Gonski was born in 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa. His family migrated to Australia in 1961. He attended Sydney Grammar School and graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (with the University Medal) from the University of New South Wales. He practised as a solicitor with the firm of Freehills from 1977 to 1986, becoming their youngest ever partner at age 25, before leaving to co-found an investment bank. While at Freehills, he taught Intellectual Property for the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.

The world of business and finance derived great benefit from his high profile and innovative leadership.  Current positions include chairman both of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd and of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, Director Singapore Airlines Ltd and Consultant as well as Chair of the Advisory Board of Transfield Holdings Pty Ltd.  He has served on 40 boards and recently was appointed by the Commonwealth Government as Chairman, Future Fund Board of Guardians.

David Gonski's horizons extend into the cultural and educational spheres.   Here too he has exerted a profound impact through chairmanship and membership of Boards and Foundations devoted to furthering the work of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Art Gallery of NSW, the State Library of NSW, the Sydney Theatre Company and the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

These attainments were appropriately recognised when David Gonski was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2002.

It is fitting that the Rotary Club of Sydney should honour David Gonski with the 2012 Vocational Service Award, particularly because embedded in his life as a family man and public figure are ideals central to the Rotary movement.

Media representatives interested in attending this presentation/luncheon are invited to call Tony Benner, Communications Director, Sydney Rotary Club, Tel, 0407 366 140.