9 June 2015
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
2 June 2015
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
29 May 2015
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
28 May 2015
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
19 May 2015
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
30 April 2015
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.
28 April 2015
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
31 March 2015
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
26 March 2015
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
19 March 2015
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.
2 March 2015
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.
25 February 2015
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
13 February 2015
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
26 January 2015
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
9 January 2015
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
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.
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.
27 June 2015
(12pm, Beaconsfield Park, 54 Queen Street)
Thank you Matty (Matty Slabacu, MC) and welcome to the Green Square is Here community day.
Green Square is transforming our southern precinct into a vibrant and sustainable urban development. At 278 hectares, it includes long-established suburbs like Rosebery and Beaconsfield – and today is all about recognising these older communities as an important part of this rapidly changing precinct.
It is also about recognition of the land on which we stand during this time of renewal. So, thank you to Uncle Max for the smoking ceremony and to Uncle Ray for your welcome to country.
From its industrial past, Green Square is emerging as a place of innovative housing design, business and retail, and new and old communities proud of their area’s past and future.
The City has committed $440 million over the next 10 years to deliver quality infrastructure and community facilities. We’ve started our early works for the Library & Plaza, working alongside other developers in shaping the new Green Square Town Centre. Today you can see some images of what the streets in the new town centre will look like. We encourage you to speak to City staff and to view the plans for new community facilities for your area, including the new Library & Plaza, as well as Gunyama Park and the Green Square Aquatic Centre.
As this community grows, transport and other state-provided infrastructure will continue to be a pressing issue. I recently met with the State Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance to once again highlight the needs of residents in this rapidly growing area.
We’re also working with residents who are experiencing the impacts of construction, and coordinating with Urban Growth NSW and private developers on a comprehensive community relations program during construction periods. If you would like to speak to someone about construction in your area, you can talk to the Council staff here today.
No great community day was ever delivered without partners, and I would like to acknowledge the fabulous work that South Eastern Community Connect (formerly SENC) are doing. They provide aged and disability programs, as well as plenty of activities for children and their parents. Be sure to catch the people bus (it leaves on the hour from the basketball ring) and wander over to the Beaconsfield Community Centre to see what’s on offer. I hear they have Devonshire tea and painting activities. Thanks also to Community City tennis for putting on some terrific free family activities to get people out and active together.
And last, please stick around as our public historian, Lisa Murray will be providing a pre-launch reading from the RAW (Redfern Alexandria Waterloo) histories book. If you are interested in receiving a copy, track Lisa down after the speeches so she can add your name to the list.
Thank you all for coming and have a wonderful day!
22 June 2015
(6pm, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay)
Thank you and good evening.
I’d also like to acknowledge John Kaldor AM, whose extraordinary generosity is responsible for Kaldor Public Art Projects bringing the first lady of performance art Marina Abramovic and her collaborator Lynsey Peisinger to Sydney.
Marina’s long and illustrious career has seen her perform and exhibit at the world’s major institutions, including the Guggenheim, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Serpentine Gallery.
She first visited Australia in 1979, performing at the Art Gallery of NSW for Nick Waterlow’s Sydney Biennale. Read more
20 June 2015
(12.30pm, Stonewall Hotel)
Thank you Robert, and good afternoon everyone.
It’s great to be with you today for the launch of another innovative Pride History Group project – the Sydney GLBTI Pioneer Names Project. And a very warm welcome to all the GLBTI pioneers who are with us today.
This project is a worthy continuation of your efforts to preserve and promote Sydney’s GLBTI history. Read more