I joined the creator of the DIY Rainbow movement James Brechney and Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, at the launch of a pop-up exhibition in one of the City’s Oxford Street properties last week.

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The ICAC revelations about the wheeling and dealing around big party politics reinforce the important role of independent community representation in our democratic system.

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In September 2013 the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation joined with the independent research organisation newDemocracy to help find innovative ways of solving late night violence.

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This week marks the 10 year anniversary of independent community leadership of the City of Sydney.

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Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich MP today voiced their outrage at the NSW Government’s decision to sell off the Millers Point social estate.

“This shocking sale is devastating for this strong and proud community,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

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A permanent GLBTI museum might well be a major asset to Sydney. It could be a tourist drawcard. But a GLBTI museum should be run by the community not politicians.

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Last night I welcomed 800 international students to Sydney with a reception at Town Hall. This is the 10th year I have hosted a welcome to our international students.

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Food trucks will become a permanent fixture on Sydney’s streets after the City’s Transport, Heritage and Planning sub-committee endorsed a report about making the City’s year-long food truck trial permanent.

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Last week, I met residents from across Glebe, Annandale and Forest Lodge to discuss the detailed design of the new public open space at Harold Park.

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Last week, I joined the Mayors of Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne and Perth for a meeting of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors in Adelaide.

These meetings are a valuable opportunity to share knowledge and take action on issues that impact the millions of people living in our capital cities.

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Our latest research shows that over the past five years more than 50,000 new jobs have been created within the City of Sydney. We’ve also seen 2,000 new businesses open since 2007.

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Galleries across Sydney are throwing open their doors for Art Month 2014 throughout March. There are some great exhibitions, tours, talks and galleries to visit, and I encourage you try something new or see something you’ve not experienced before.

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Newtown’s Three Proud People mural will be listed by the City of Sydney as a heritage item.

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Work will soon start to create the Campbell Street cycleway, which will link the Bourke Street cycleway with the city centre.
Construction should begin in April, and be finished before the end of the year.

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Global cities are doing the heavy lifting to tackle climate change – but to do more we need to invest more in clean energy, including trigeneration.

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On Friday, Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and I stood with Australian Marriage Equality (AME) on the steps of Town Hall to call for Australia to recognise equal marriage for all consenting adults, regardless of gender.

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Did you know that one organ and tissue donor can help save the lives of 10 people? Monday is the beginning of DonateLife Week, and I urge you to talk to your friends and family about this important issue.

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The Daly Male could become the first Oxford Street business to take advantage of the City’s shopfronts improvement grants.

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Community transport is a lifeline without which thousands of city residents, including the young, elderly and socially disadvantaged, wouldn’t be able to shop, make it to doctors’ appointments or visit friends and family.

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I am committed to supporting the growth of a diverse and creative culture in Sydney. Last night I was thrilled to join the theatre community and locals for the launch of the new Hayes Theatre Co.

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From noon today, the rainbow flag will again fly above Sydney Town Hall. Raising the flag marks the beginning of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and sends a strong message about Sydney’s unwavering support for our GLBTI communities.

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Redfern Park has won a prestigious Green Flag Award, an international standard of excellence for public parks. It is one of just 23 award-winning parks across Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

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A comprehensive study by the NSW Auditor-General released in July last year showed that the limited resources available to the NSW social housing system mean that it is only capable of meeting 44% of actual need. Read more

On Sunday night we welcomed the Year of the Horse in true Sydney style.

Our Twilight Parade was one of our best yet. More than 130,000 people filled George Street too see 3,000 performers, community groups and artists show off their talents.

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Our annual Twilight Parade is the highlight of our Chinese New Year Festival. This Sunday from 8pm George Street will be filled with hundreds of galloping horses, dancers, acrobats and floats as the parade weaves its way through the city.

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The Sydney Park draft Plan of Management is on public exhibition until Friday 7 March.

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On Wednesday night I was joined by the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China and other dignitaries at Lower Town Hall to open our Crossing Boundaries exhibition.

The exhibition is beautiful, and shows off an amazing range and depth of artistic exchange between Australia, China, Vietnam, Japan and Korea.

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The 2014 Sydney Festival has wrapped up after two-and-a-half weeks of drama, music, dance, art and celebration.

Sunday night’s Symphony in the Domain was a glorious finale. Simone Young conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and fireworks accompanying Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture was a great way to bring the Festival to an end.

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The NSW Government has released the final report of the Independent Local Government Review Panel.

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This week, we took a big step forward in supporting Sydney’s live music scene by fast tracking a range of initiatives to make rehearsing, performing and parking easier.

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When Sydney was a small outpost at the end of the world, a visionary Governor Lachlan Macquarie had the foresight to set aside public land “for the benefit of present and succeeding inhabitants of Sydney”.

Today these lands have grown to become the Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial & Moore Park.

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Over the past few days, the planning bills have been debated in the Upper House and I am pleased to report that further positive amendments have been made.

Most importantly, Code Assessment has been removed, which means that you retain your right to have a say on development in your neighbourhood, regardless of whether it has been designated a “high-growth” area or not.

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Last night I hosted the annual CitySwitch Green Office National Awards in Sydney Town Hall.

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A giant sign spelling out the word ‘yuk’ using thousands of used cigarette butts has been installed in Hyde Park to remind smokers of the pollution their discarded butts cause.

Every day the City’s cleansing crews sweep up around 15,000 butts from the streets and footpaths. Many thousands more are washed into our harbour and waterways where they do serious environmental damage.

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The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust has developed a new master plan, and is now asking for community feedback. The Master Plan is the first in the Garden’s 200 year history and aims to develop a coordinated approach to the parklands’ use.

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I was very relieved when the NSW Government this week ruled out an unsolicited proposal for private development on public land at Wentworth Park.

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This week is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia - the nation’s largest fashion industry event.

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The heritage Rozelle Tram Depot will be protected and conserved after Council approved the development application to reuse the historical building as a retail/commercial development on Monday night.

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(6pm, Tuesday 8 April 2014, East Ocean Restaurant, Haymarket)

Thank you, Brad, [Chan, MC]. Hello, everyone.

I’d also like to acknowledge the NSW Minister for Transport, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian; the Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, Sydney’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Robyn Kemmis, and Cr Jenny Green

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On Saturday hundreds of people flocked to Fitzroy Gardens in Potts Point for the reopening of the much-needed playground.

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Visit Paddington Reservoir Gardens this weekend to enjoy free books at our Lawn Library, as well as deck chairs, wifi, jazz concerts, and drawing classes.

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Meeting with our Citizens’ Jury who spent 3 months working incredibly hard on looking for solutions to alcohol-related violence.