The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) will review all councils’ ‘Fit for the Future’ submissions. IPART has also asked the public to comment on their council’s submission. Read more

OzHarvest, the UN Environment Program and the UN Food & Agriculture Association are working together to tackle the increasingly important issues around food, food security and food waste.

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Last night we unveiled the program for next year’s Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, celebrating the Year of the Monkey. Read more

For years the City has been pushing for a system that makes it easier for residents and businesses to access clean power that is generated and used locally. Read more

This weekend we’re opening two new City projects – our Sydney Park Water Re-use project and the Bamal Way pedestrian and cycle connection between Coulson Street in Erskenville and Sydney Park Road. Read more

The City has been working on two action plans that will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and increase employment opportunities. The first, our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), has just been endorsed by Council. Read more

I was delighted to announce Guy and Jules Sebastian as our 2015 Christmas ambassadors this week. The City will work closely with Guy and Jules as well as our corporate partners, retailers and the media to make Sydney a must-visit destination this Christmas. Read more

We have installed two new reverse vending machines in Redfern and Wynyard. By placing your old bottles in the machine, you have a chance to win prizes or charity donations. Read more

In its latest edition, global affairs magazine Monocle has ranked Sydney as the fifth best city in the world in its annual quality of life survey.

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Today’s Daily Telegraph misrepresents the nature of a development approval endorsed at Council over a week ago. The DA requirement to prepare a Travel Plan for customers and staff does not set a precedent for other businesses, does not add onerous red tape and has the full support of the owner. Read more

I was delighted to once again present the Lord Mayor’s Prize at the Australian Institute of Architects’ annual NSW Architecture Awards at Sydney Town Hall on Friday night. Read more

NAIDOC Week is an important annual event in Sydney. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are intrinsic to our shared story of Sydney, their culture and history permeate our modern city and give it a depth and resonance beyond the everyday.

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Yesterday we submitted our “Fit for the Future” proposal to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). IPART will now assess whether the City has the capacity to deliver services to the community in a sustainable and efficient way. Read more

Recently the Daily Telegraph has reported allegations of bullying and harassment in the City of Sydney’s rangers unit. These reports are misleading and are shamefully being used by some for self-centred political point-scoring.

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Today I announced that work has commenced on a 2.4km underground stormwater drain to reduce flooding in Green Square during torrential rain events.

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Today, in a Sydney first, experts and representatives from almost all of Sydney’s 41 councils have come together to develop a long-term plan to help build a resilience plan for our city. Read more

InviteThe City is hosting the Green Square is here community event this Saturday (27 June) and you’re invited. Read more

On the weekend I was very pleased to open the newly refurbished Reconciliation Park in Redfern. Read more

Last night we held an Extraordinary Council Meeting to consider the City’s submission to “Fit for the Future”, the NSW Government’s scheme to slash the number of local councils.

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Today we announced the formation of a City investigation squad to bolster efforts to shut down illegal accommodation providersRead more

On Sunday I joined Housing Minister Brad Hazzard and CEO of Bridge Housing John Nicolades at Cowper Street in Glebe.

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The Department of Education has given the City of Sydney and the community last-minute notice that it will not proceed with purchasing land in Ultimo for a new primary school.

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Today at the University of Sydney I spoke at the City’s forum on Creative Spaces and the Built Environment. Read more

Today’s Daily Telegraph dedicated two full stories and its editorial to criticism of the City’s Grants and Sponsorship Program. The program provides funding and support for initiatives that contribute to cultural, social, environmental and economic life in the City. Read more

This week started with two pieces of positive international climate action news: The G7 announced an agreement to phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century; and new figures show China’s emissions will peak five years earlier than expected. Read more

In a self-interested attempt to gerrymander the City’s boundaries, Liberal Councillor Christine Forster is advocating for the separation of the CBD and the City’s residential areas. Read more

It was great to see that so many people turned out in Martin Place on Thursday morning to rally against the NSW Government’s removal of the College Street cycleway.

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It’s great that people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of keeping e-waste out of landfill. Computer screens and TVs contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, which can leach out from landfills and into waterways. Read more

Congratulations to Wesley Enoch, who was today announced as the incoming Sydney Festival Director for a three-year tenure from 2017-2019. Read more

The Bays Community Coalition is hosting a community workshop on 7 June to discuss the current plan for the future development of the Bays Precinct. This is your opportunity to learn more about the project and respond to UrbanGrowth NSW’s call for great ideas to shape the future redevelopment of the Bays Precinct. Read more

The City is strongly opposed to the closure of the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo and we have passed a resolution to that effect, while saying we also strongly support the expansion of much-needed cultural facilities in western and south-western Sydney. Read more

The NSW Government’s plans to remove the College Street cycleway without providing a replacement will put people’s safety at risk.

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The Cross being created at the foundry.

This week the City completed the restoration and installation of a Victoria Cross long missing from the Foley Park World War I Memorial in Glebe. Read more

Our William Street Creative Hub now has a new tenant, with the Australian Design Centre and Object Gallery opening this week.

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The NSW Government has now appointed the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to review Council proposals on “Fit for the Future”. Read more

Sydney Writers’ Festival officially kicks off tonight with an opening address by author Mohsin Hamid titled, “Life in the Time of Permawar”. SWF may be held over just one week, but this annual festival gives us food for thought and matters to debate for months to come. Read more

On the weekend I opened the upgraded St James Park in Glebe. St James Park is the latest example of the City’s work to build high-quality community spaces and attractive places to relax. Read more

During debate in state Parliament today, Alex Greenwich proposed a motion calling on the Government to rule out forcing local councils to amalgamate. Read more

Our economy continues to go through big changes. One thing is clear: Australia’s future lies in innovation, not digging up and exporting minerals.

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At Council’s Environment Committee meeting yesterday, we unanimously approved the City’s plan to build a community farm at Sydney Park. We will now start work on the farm’s produce areas, orchard, composting and waste management facilities.

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Construction of light rail will be the biggest change to the Sydney CBD for decades. It is an enormous, complex job and everyone involved will have to work together to keep Sydney moving.

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This morning I was delighted to speak at the launch the 2015 Sydney Film Festival. In all its richness and diversity, Sydney Film Festival reflects our city and our world — and the City is a proud supporter of it. Read more

This morning I received a letter from the federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, Jamie Briggs, encouraging me to support the NSW Government’s WestConnex project.

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The latest revelation of plans to develop a new stadium in public parkland at Moore Park is nothing more than a greedy land grab.

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Last night I was pleased to launch “Top5Feet” as the first of this year’s Art & About artworks, in one of the city’s much-loved spaces.

At dusk, from now until 20 May, a giant light box and projection artwork will run the entire breadth of the eastern chamber of Paddington Reservoir Gardens. Read more

Last night I congratulated the winners of this year’s Sydney Rides Business Challenge.

A record 4,804 people rode over 313,000km as part of this year’s Challenge, which is now the largest of its kind in the world. Read more

The $15 billion WestConnex toll road project is the largest transport project in Australia’s history. Despite this, the NSW Government has still not released traffic modelling, Environmental Impact Statements or a business case for the road project. Read more

On Anzac Day we pay tribute to all who have fought and died for our country in war and this year is particularly important as it is the Centenary of the Anzac landings. Read more

This Friday at Town Hall we will be thanking our departing International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) participants and welcoming a new intake. Read more

Leading scientists advise that climate change will cause increases to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. The storms of the past week show how important it is for cities to be ready for such events.
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I’m very concerned about the number of people who have been killed or injured on our roads. That’s why the City has launched a new road safety campaign to highlight the number of accidents occurring in the city’s most dangerous areas.
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If you are thinking about hosting live music in your pub, bar or restaurant, or even opening your own venue, the City can help. Read more

The Sydney Rides Business Challenge has been a huge success. There are still a few days to go, so it’s not too late for you to sign up, take part and log your rides.

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The City has been criticised in the Daily Telegraph this morning for our investment in public art and energy efficient infrastructure. Read more

After years of deals being done behind closed doors, the public has now been allowed to see what the future of Barangaroo South will look like.

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The NSW Government’s redevelopment of the 80-hectare Bays Precinct, stretching from Blackwattle Bay to the White Bay Power Station, will be one of the most significant urban renewal projects in Sydney.

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It’s a sad fact that many politicians in Australia ignore evidence-based research, so I’m not surprised Penrith MP Fiona Scott has made claims before looking at the data. Read more

Youth Week in the City starts this Friday, 10 April. Young people are bursting with new ideas and energy, and it’s important that older generations listen to and support them. Read more

Like most arguments for WestConnex, the claim that nearly half of Western Sydney commutes to inner Sydney for work each day (published in today’s Daily Telegraph) is just wrong. Read more

Today I unveiled Yininmadyemi, an artwork which celebrates and commemorates our Indigenous service men and women. Aboriginal artist Tony Albert’s work features four seven-metre tall, 1.5 tonne bullets and three fallen shells to represent the diggers who returned to Australia and the ones who lost their lives. Read more

Sydney is a city of villages offering a rich variety of tastes, cultures and experiences. Each community offers something unique, with iconic destinations and a distinctive style, from the historic to the hip. Read more

On 16 March 2015, the City of Sydney hosted a public meeting at Sydney Town Hall about WestConnex attended by around 500 people.

The meeting strongly endorsed concerns that the project would not achieve the NSW Government’s stated objectives. Read more

In the lead up to this Saturday’s state election I again called on NSW Premier Mike Baird to rule out, if elected, the forced amalgamation of local councils.

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You might have seen a story in the Sydney Morning Herald at the end of last week about the City’s new street furniture. Read more

I am saddened by the passing of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

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The Sydney Rides Business Challenge is almost here, and I joined hundreds of riders for breakfast in Hyde Park on Tuesday morning to celebrate.

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Reports this week of another attempt by the SCG Trust to take over Moore Park would destroy precious parkland. It’s now clear why the O’Farrell and Baird Governments wasted $38 million on a bridge over Anzac Parade – to enable the commercialisation of even more public land in Moore Park East and Moore Park West.

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This Monday at Town Hall, hundreds of Sydneysiders gathered to hear from experts and express their concern about the State Government’s WestConnex project. Read more

Tomorrow the City is hosting two important events to tackle the housing crisis in Sydney. The problem has been growing for some years, but it’s reached a point where it can no longer be ignored and it stretches across the whole metro region. Read more

This Friday is National Ride2School Day, a great opportunity to improve the health and fitness of young people. Read more

The facts:

WestConnex claims to link people with jobs, improve freight transport and allow urban renewal. But here are the facts:

  • It won’t improve access to CBD jobs as 90% of Western Sydney workers commute to the city on overcrowded public transport.
  • It doesn’t align with the State Metropolitan Strategy to create job opportunities in Western Sydney and transport links to them.
  • It won’t help transfer freight from Port Botany and Sydney Airport to Western Sydney. Critical linking roads are unfunded.
  • It doesn’t take into account Badgerys Creek Airport.
  • It won’t help the renewal of Parramatta Road.
  • It will funnel thousands more cars into Newtown, St Peters, Erskineville, Alexandria, Waterloo, Redfern and Green Square.
  • It will isolate Sydney Park with fast moving traffic. Tunnel portals, ramps and ventilation stacks will blight the park’s surroundings.

WestConnex is a return to last century’s discredited thinking that motorways are the solution to our city’s transport needs.

WestConnex is supposed to help Western Sydney residents get to jobs in Sydney’s centre. It will do the opposite – worsen traffic congestion and divert funds from already crowded public transport used by most Western Sydney commuters to get to the CBD. The freight movement objectives of WestConnex are already redundant and it will do nothing to revitalise Parramatta Road.

What is WestConnex?

MapWestConnex is a tunnel to a traffic jam. An $11.5 billion network of toll roads that will bring thousands more cars into Sydney’s already congested centre. It is the largest road project in Australia’s history.

It’s planned in three parts:

  1. M4 widening and extension
  2. M5 extension
  3. M4-M5 link

WestConnex is funded by the State and Federal Governments, and by tolls on motorists. Commuters will pay more, including tolls on previously toll-free roads.

The 3rd stage and a planned connection to Sydney Airport and Port Botany are not currently funded despite their critical role in delivering the project’s stated objectives.

Take action now:

Tell the NSW Government and Opposition to look to the future, not the past. Tell Premier Mike Baird and Roads Minister Duncan Gay you don’t want WestConnex.

Hashtag your messages #WestConnex.

You may have noticed the bright red, blue and purple floral displays around the City this summer. These stunning displays have filled over 450 hanging baskets around the city alongside 900 planter boxes and floral towers. Read more

Our City Rangers face a shocking amount of verbal and physical abuse in the course of their work. 200 verbal and 67 physical assaults have occurred over the past five years. Read more

This morning had the great pleasure of thanking the volunteers and staff organisers responsible for the Safe Space program. Read more

A new book from the Grattan Institute reaffirms what we’ve known for some time – that poor planning and investment by state and federal governments has had detrimental effects on our cities.

By concentrating jobs in our inner cities, but neglecting the affordable housing or public transport that many workers need, governments have locked people into a lifestyle of long commutes to work that is dependent on cars.

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On Monday the City of Sydney received the independent report into WestConnex which I called for in December.

The report by SGS Economics shows that the $11.5 billion WestConnex project will not deliver for Western Sydney, taxpayers or the travelling public.  Instead of 1950′s projects like WestConnex, the Government should be investing in public transport. Read more

Energy Efficiency Master Plan

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Last night, Council endorsed the City’s Energy Efficiency Master Plan to go on public exhibition. Read more

Last night we watched in awe as 3,000 participants marched down George Street for the City’s Chinese New Year Twilight Parade. The dancing and music, colourful building projections and pyrotechnics make this one of Sydney’s great events. Read more

On Friday night we proudly raised the Rainbow Flag above Town Hall for the sixth time as part of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Read more

Last week I met with our staff who have completed the extensive cleaning and restoration of the Grand Organ at Town Hall. Read more

It’s 50 years since the ‘Freedom Ride’ led by Charles Perkins set off to visit north-western NSW and in doing so helped change race relations in Australia.

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This 19th Chinese New Year Festival celebrates the Year of the Sheep. People born in the Year of the Sheep are said to be clever, tender, polite, creative and compassionate. Read more

For generations, Kings Cross has been a lively and cosmopolitan place. In recent years, its reputation as a great place to go at night, coupled with the growth of beer barns and strip joints, gave rise to street violence and a deteriorating quality for residents and those who wanted to enjoy all else it offers. Read more

This week I was delighted to attend the official opening of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, the new home for the UTS Business Faculty which was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

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Libraries are a wonderful community resource and, with their ever-broadening scope of activities, they can also be a wonderful way of building and strengthening a sense of community. Read more

Around the world, governments are embracing the need to invest in 21st century transport solutions. Read more

I’m really pleased to be extending our Oxford Street Creative Spaces program this year. Read more

This week I was saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Uren AC. Tom Uren was a Parliamentarian for 31 years, Minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Governments, former prisoner of war and lifelong advocate for peace, human rights and the urban and natural environment. Read more

Sydney Harbour is one of the world’s greatest harbours and we need to protect its diverse marine life for future generations. Read more

Part of making our city more and more liveable is making sure new parents have the option of returning to work if that’s what they’d like to do. Read more

This week the City launched the 360 card – a new membership which allows access to all the City’s award-winning pools and gyms. Read more

Every summer Sydney Festival transforms our city with a bold cultural celebration bringing together high quality art and big ideas. Read more

Sydney has just been through a record year for approving new buildings and developments — and our skyline will keep soaring in 2015. Read more

2014 marked ten years since I became Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.

That’s a decade of strong, stable, corruption-free Independent leadership, from a progressive, efficient and outcome-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

Together with the Sydney community, I want to express shock and horror at the tragic events that occurred this morning at Martin Place.

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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

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

I strongly support the development of a new primary school in Ultimo. The City has worked for the past year to finalise the sale of the former deport on Fig and Wattle streets to the State Government for that purpose.

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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

This week, Sydney was recognised as one of the world’s most forward-thinking cities with an invitation to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. Read more

This afternoon down at Dawes Point I briefed media on our plans for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. I can hardly believe it’s that time of year already. Read more

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.

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Today, 1 December, is World AIDS Day. We mark World AIDS Day to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Read more

Last Monday in Rome, the City of Sydney’s renewable energy master plan was awarded the EUROSOLAR European Solar Prize 2014 award for excellence and innovation. Read more

Christmas is a wonderful time to be in Sydney. Last week I officially launched the 2014 Sydney Christmas program and this year will be our biggest yet, with more lights, trees and interactive projections than ever before.
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Premier Mike Baird is going to the March election with an enormous, albeit hypothetical, treasure chest. Electricity asset sales are in his sights and a one-off $20 billion cheque almost in his grasp.

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This week people all round Australia took part in White Ribbon Day to send a strong message that violence against women and children is never OK.

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This week I spoke at UrbanGrowth NSW’s Bays Precinct Summit, a gathering of selected planning and design experts from around the world to discuss the future of this unique location. Read more

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.

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(9am, Paddington Uniting Church)

Thank you and good morning everyone. Welcome to students of Paddington Public School to this celebration of Education Week for 2015.

I’d also like to acknowledge the Principal, Mrs Warhurst, all your teachers and of course your parents.

I don’t suppose there’s a school child post or present anywhere who doesn’t think, at some point, that school is a drag and that it would be better to be doing something that was much more fun!

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(11.30am, Martin Place)

Thank you, Stuart, [Gregor, MC]. Hello, everyone. Welcome to Think Eat Save for 2015.


2015 marks the third collaboration between OzHarvest, the UN Environment Program and the UN Food & Agriculture Association to tackle the increasingly important issues around food, food security and food waste.


Today, in Sydney and cities across Australia, chefs and volunteers will work together to feed over 10,000 members of the public with a free hot meal created from surplus produce that otherwise would have become landfill. Read more

(11.15am, Sydney Park, St Peters)

Thank you, Rebecca, [Gilling] and hello, everyone, welcome to Sydney Park and to this National Tree Day planting.

I’d also like to thank Uncle Chicka Madden for his Welcome to Country, and to thank Planet Ark and their sponsor, Toyota Australia, for hosting this event.

In 2015, Planet Ark is celebrating 20 years of working to green our world, and their report – Needing Trees – which Brad [Gray] will talk about today – shows just how vital that work is. Read more

(12pm, Abercrombie Street, Darlington)

Hello, everyone, welcome to Darlington Village!

One of the city’s smallest and most historic localities, Darlington is bounded by City Road and Cleveland Street to the north, Abercrombie Street to the east, the old Eveleigh railways yards to the south, and Golden Grove Street to the west.

Blackwattle Creek once ran near its eastern border, and local Aboriginal people fished its waters and lived among the turpentine and ironbark trees which then flourished in its rich soils. Read more

(11am, 277 Bourke Street, Surry Hills)

Hello, everyone, welcome to our childcare centre open day.

It’s terrific that families are choosing to stay in the City rather than move to the suburbs, which has meant that we have to increase childcare places.

We are doing this through our planning controls – resulting in 2035 childcare places approved in new developments.

We have also committed to building another 6 childcare centres.   As part of that we resolved to buy this former warehouse. Read more

(10.45am, Bourke & Stanley Streets, Darlinghurst)

Hello, everyone, welcome to the opening of this little park.

Over the past 11 years we have created / upgraded 105 parks – from creating new parks – Harmony Park in Surry Hills, Pirrama Park in Pyrmont to our small neighbourhood spaces such as O’Brien’s Lane Reserve which has had a long and chequered history.

The reserve has a long and chequered history. Read more

(9am, Sydney Town Hall)

Thank you, Ramesh [Dr Manocha, CEO Generation Next].  Good morning everyone, and welcome to Town Hall.

Like all of you here today, we at the City of Sydney are passionate about the well-being of our young people. We are determined to do all that we can to make sure that they feel included, that they are cared for and given the opportunities to grow and develop in the sort of safe and supportive environments that are – or should be – their birth right. Read more

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Food waste in Australia is a social & environmental problem that costs us $10 billion each year. We simply must fix this, and the small changes we can all make really do add up. Well done @OzHarvest for today's #thinkeatsave events.

Perfect weather for #NationalTreeDay. Come join us in Sydney Park this afternoon to help plant 1,000s of new trees!