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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Today’s Daily Telegraph  suggests the City is not committed to the Hyde Park Anzac Memorial. This is completely false.

The City of Sydney is investing more than $24 million restoring war memorials, maintaining Hyde Park, and creating Australia’s first memorial to honour indigenous servicemen and women. The Daily Telegraph was made aware of this spending, but chose to ignore it.

On 10 September last year, the City wrote to the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet seeking to confirm existing funding arrangements for Memorial’s redevelopment. The City is still awaiting a response. Ahead of the Anzac centenary the City spent $173,000 on heritage restoration work to 10 war memorials across Sydney. These include:

  • First World Memorial to Pyrmont-Ultimo Servicemen in Pyrmont;
  • Oddfellows Memorial in Hyde Park;
  • Emden gun in Hyde Park from German Ship SMS Emden, sunk by HMAS Sydney;
  • WWI Soldiers Memorial in Woolloomooloo;
  • World War I memorial in Redfern Park;
  • The Artillery Gun in Redfern Park;
  • Newtown War Memorial on King Street;
  • Paddington War Memorial on Oxford Street;
  • The Cenotaph in Martin Place; and
  • Archibald Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park.

With the support of the RSL, the City is also looking forward to launching on 31 March, a public art tribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women in Hyde Park. The City invested more than $500,000 in the project.

The City has also provided almost $70,000 in sponsorship to the RSL, History Council and other groups for Anzac Day related events and activities. This includes $20,000 for outdoor screens and audio visual equipment at Martin Place so that more people can take part in this year’s dawn service.

The City has spent $5.6 million in the past 10 years on Hyde Park, with $23.5 million committed for the next 10 years, including the avenue of trees framing the Anzac Memorial and supporting public domain works, tree replacement and works to support the NSW Government project to upgrade Museum Station.

Operational expenditure on Hyde Park for the past 10 years was $17.56 million, with $10 million allocated for the next 10 years.

(7.40pm, Royal Automotive Club of Australia)

Hello, Bears – and all of the Bears’ friends and admirers!

This celebration of all things “Bear” is now firmly established on Sydney’s GLBTI calendar.  Helping to launch your Festival is for me a highlight of February in Sydney.

This year’s Bear Essentials theme, Fifty Shades of Bear, also reminds us that there are more than fifty shades of gay. Since you were established in 1995, Sydney Harbour Bears has challenged the perceptions and stereotypes of gay men. Not all gay men are smooth gym bunnies. There are also gay men who delight in being burly and hairy. And you celebrate this diversity. Read more

(6.30pm, Muse Studio, 155 Little Oxford Street)

Thank you, Zac and hello, everyone. Happy Mardi Gras!

This is a wonderfully refreshing and mind-opening exhibition.

As Richard has so rightly said, the overwhelming public image of the LGBTI communities tend to be of “the young, fit and hedonistic”, the so-called “beautiful people”.  And, as he also rightly points out, it’s an image that only feeds into stereotypes, effectively pigeon-holing our wonderfully diverse community. Read more

(12pm, Victoria Park, Chippendale)

Thank you and hello, everyone.


I’d also like to acknowledge Mardi Gras CEO, Michael Rolik, and co-chairs Fran Bowron and Paul Savage.


I’m always glad to join you here at Fair Day. It’s a great opportunity for our GLBTI communities, family and friends, to celebrate Sydney’s diversity, sense of fun, and acceptance. I always especially enjoy Doggywood! Read more

(11.30am, Victoria Park)

Thank you, [MC], hello, everyone.


How wonderful to see all these Sydney dog-lovers out in force, accompanied by your animals. I’ve brought my own along, and I can tell you that Bessie and Buster enjoy it as much as I do.

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(5pm, Sydney Town Hall)

Thank you and welcome, everyone, to our sixth proud annual Rainbow Flag raising here at Town Hall.

It is always a challenge to speak publically at the front of Town Hall on busy George Street.  It is especially challenging to speak at 5.30pm on a Friday night.  I will not acknowledge our important guests individually.

So welcome to you all –  the Co-Chairs, Board members and CEO of Mardi Gras, Members of Parliament, Mayors and Councillors including the Deputy Lord Mayor of the City and City Councillors, members of the Police Force and especially the 78’ers. Read more

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Not ever night you get made an honorary bear! Launching the Harbour City Bears 'Bear Essentials Festival' with @alexgreenwich #mardigras2015

One of the highlights of last night's Twilight Parade was watching Chajeon Nori, a Korean jousting game which was being performed in Australia for the first time. Soaring up that high to do battle certainly not for the faint-hearted. #CNYSyd