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.
25 May 2015
We have begun trialling a new environmentally-friendly asphalt blend on city roads — using recycled printer toner.
The new asphalt mix uses old toner from discarded printer cartridges and is warmed at temperatures significantly lower than regular asphalt, meaning it takes less energy to produce.
20 May 2015
At Monday night’s Council meeting, we endorsed the City’s Housing Issues Paper. The paper calls on state and federal policymakers to bring together financiers, developers and community housing providers to offer essential workers in Sydney a bigger mix of accommodation and tenures. Read more
20 May 2015
People working in Sydney’s creative industries face a serious challenge finding affordable places to live and work. The City’s William Street creative hub offers affordable apartments and studios to support our next generation of artists.
Last week eight emerging artists picked up the keys to one of the City’s creative live/work units.
19 May 2015
(6pm, Ros Packer Theatre, Hickson Road Walsh Bay)
Thank you, Jo, [Dyer, MC] and good evening, everyone. Welcome to the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival.
It may be held over just one week, but this annual festival in May gives us food for thought and matters to debate for months to come.
The 2015 festival is no exception, with some of our most revered writers from around Australia and from overseas speaking on aspects of life and literature; there’s a program of talks on Curiosity; another program for children and young people; discussions on subjects such as the changing nature of publishing and how it affects what and how we read. Read more
16 May 2015
(12.30pm, Pirrama Park, Pyrmont)
Thank you, Mike, [O’Malley, Mudgee Wine Grape Growers] and hello, everyone. Welcome to the 2015 Pyrmont Festival.
This year marks the fifth collaboration between local businesses and the Mudgee growers. Together, over the next 10 days, they will ensure Pyrmont becomes a food and wine capital, celebrating local cafes and restaurants and feting the fantastic wines and gourmet foods of Mudgee. Read more
16 May 2015
(11.50am, St James Reserve, corner of John and Woolley Streets, Glebe)
Thank you, Stephen, and good morning, everyone. Welcome to our renewed St James Park.
A hundred years ago, a homestead called Inverness stood on this site. Now it has become the latest public space to be upgraded by the City, and, in acknowledgement of its history, the new plantings here are faithful to the original gardens of Inverness.
The 3,600 square metre space now has larger and healthier grass areas and a friendlier layout, with re-routed pathways. Read more