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

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.


Members of the South Sydney Business Chamber

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:

  • The Recruitment Alternative, Redfern (joint winner with Gallop Solutions Leichhardt)
  • The Australian Museum, CBD (Excellence in Sustainability)
  • Vision Personal Training, Darlinghurst (Young Entrepreneur Dean Williams);
  • Opal Minded, The Rocks (Business Leader Renata Bernard, joint winner with Mark Bishop, Ocular Robotics, Hurstville);
  • Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher, Newtown (Excellence in Innovation);
  • Redback Conferencing, Sydney (Employer of Choice);
  • Australian Doula College, Rosebery (Excellence in Business Ethics);
  • AccessEAP, Sydney (Excellence in Business);
  • Plum, Rosebery (Excellence in Export); and
  • Newtown Precinct Business Association and South Sydney Business Chamber (joint winners Local Chamber of Commerce).


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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This Australia Day I will welcome 24 new citizens at a ceremony in Hyde Park. Our newest Australians hail from diverse backgrounds and 13 different countries, including families from Bangladesh, China and the USA. Read more

(7pm, Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay)

Thank you, Christopher, [Tooher, MC], and welcome, everyone, to the first night of Sydney Festival 2015.

I’d also like to acknowledge:

  • His Excellency, General The Hon David Hurley, AC, DSC, Governor of NSW and
  • The Hon Troy Grant, MP, Acting Premier of NSW

As Lord Mayor it has been a great honour and inspiration to be chair of Sydney Festival over the past 10 years, and at times it has been quite exciting and tonight I am delighted to welcome all our guests and to thank you all for helping make this great summer celebration possible. Read more

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What a fantastic start to 2015 -- #SydNYE again showing the world how to celebrate. Get home safe. Happy new year.