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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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

The City of Sydney welcomes the NSW Government’s acceptance of its offer to sell the former depot on Fig and Wattle Streets, Ultimo, for the construction of a new primary school and child care centre.

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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.

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(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

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