11 December 2014
For the past two weeks, the United Nations annual climate summit has been meeting in Lima, Peru. This summit is particularly important, as it is the last meeting before the critical Paris climate summit in 2015, where nations will agree on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. Read more
10 December 2014
Today’s Australian newspaper reports that Great Fortune Investment is marketing DeiCorp’s Dei Cota apartments in Redfern to Chinese and Asia buyers with the claim that “the Aboriginals have already moved out”. The reference was on their website but has now been removed. Read more
5 December 2014
As of this weekend, ambassadors will be on standby at a “Safe Space” vehicle as part of a new pilot program to make our City’s entertainment precincts safer. They will offer first aid, water, phone and internet access and transport information to vulnerable young people who may be intoxicated or affected by drugs. Read more
2 December 2014
On Friday night I had the pleasure of opening the NSW Business Chamber’s 2014 State Business Awards in Darling Harbour.
Eleven businesses operating in the City – seven companies, two local chambers, one training college and a museum – were in the running for top honours having won their respective categories at the South East Regional awards in July.
Two of our nominees took home state awards. Personal trainer Dean Williams (pictured) beat contenders from across the state to take out the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and South Sydney Business Chamber was voted best Local Chamber of Commerce.
Dean, 24, opened his Vision Personal Training Darlinghurst studio in 2012 and quickly established a successful enterprise, reaching an impressive $1 million-plus turnover within its first year. He puts his success down to delivering a personalised service and achieving results for his clients.
The South Sydney Business Chamber was applauded for developing several initiatives focusing on growth and sustainability, including Green Square Markets, Shopfront Showcase and the Redfern Festival.
I’d like to congratulate all our finalists. They are drawn from a very talented pool of businesses operating in our area and the Business Awards help us promote their talents and capabilities on the state-wide stage.
Business is thriving in Sydney. In the past five years alone, more than 50,000 new jobs have been created across the LGA and 2,000 new businesses have opened, representing almost 40 per cent of all jobs growth in metropolitan Sydney.
All our businesses – small, medium and large – are crucial to Sydney’s liveability and prosperity and I’m proud to work with the Business Chamber to celebrate their success.
City of Sydney State Finalists:
18 November 2014
Sydney’s ongoing engagement in Asia, particularly with China, is a key to maintaining our global standing. This encompasses more than our economic ties. It also extends to civic, social, educational, environmental and cultural links.
15 December 2014
The City of Sydney’s response to today’s hostage situation at Martin Place was managed under the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act that defines the roles and responsibilities of emergency services, government agencies, utility providers and transport services to respond to and recover from emergency incidents. Read more
12 December 2014
The Daily Telegraph today has an opinion piece which claims that I am responsible for the breakdown in negotiations with the State Government for the sale of land for a new school at Ultimo. This is incorrect.
7 December 2014
(2pm, Sunday 7 December 2014, Sydney Town Hall)
Hello, everyone, welcome to Town Hall.
It’s wonderful to celebrate Christmas 2014 with all of you. Thank you to The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and our Auslan interpreter.
Result of ten years action
This year marks 10 years since I became Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, following the amalgamation of the former City, South Sydney and part of the Leichhardt local government areas.
Our Independent Team set out to create a city where people come first – we know that a city where people want to live is a city that attracts sustainable jobs, businesses and investment.
Over the past decade, we have given Sydney strong, stable, and corruption-free community-based independent leadership. The council is a progressive, efficient and results-focused organisation, with a long-term vision for our city’s future, and $1.9 billion budgeted for infrastructure over the next decade. Read more