Transfield Holdings has a long history as a provider of significant, high-profile public infrastructure projects and services, some of which have invited controversy. Projects such as the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Defence contracting and the Indonesian Bridge program have had supporters and dissenters, as people take differing views and perspectives.
The current discussion around offshore detention facilities for asylum seekers continues this history of debate.
Transfield Holdings founded the Biennale of Sydney in 1973 and has continued its support since then. The Biennale promotes creativity and imagination, and enables artists to express their views, often on controversial issues.
Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, Executive Director of Transfield Holdings, Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney and a Trustee of the Transfield Foundation, says:
“Many Australians struggle with the problems of managing the transit of refugees to this country; this is a global challenge. The Biennale of Sydney acts as an artistic platform for dialogue around issues such as this.”
About Transfield Holdings, Transfield Foundation and Transfield Services
Transfield Holdings is a privately owned company. Transfield Services Limited is a separately managed publicly listed company. Transfield Services is providing services to the Australian Government at Nauru and negotiating to provide services at Manus Island. Transfield Holdings, while having a minority shareholding in Transfield Services, does not have any influence on its management, and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis is not a director of Transfield Services. Transfield Holdings and Transfield Services are partners in the Transfield Foundation, which supports the Biennale of Sydney.