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

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

On 16 March 2015, the City of Sydney hosted a public meeting at Sydney Town Hall about WestConnex attended by around 500 people.

The meeting strongly endorsed concerns that the project would not achieve the NSW Government’s stated objectives. Read more

In the lead up to this Saturday’s state election I again called on NSW Premier Mike Baird to rule out, if elected, the forced amalgamation of local councils.

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You might have seen a story in the Sydney Morning Herald at the end of last week about the City’s new street furniture. Read more

I am saddened by the passing of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

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The Sydney Rides Business Challenge is almost here, and I joined hundreds of riders for breakfast in Hyde Park on Tuesday morning to celebrate.

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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.

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This Monday at Town Hall, hundreds of Sydneysiders gathered to hear from experts and express their concern about the State Government’s WestConnex project. Read more

Tomorrow the City is hosting two important events to tackle the housing crisis in Sydney. The problem has been growing for some years, but it’s reached a point where it can no longer be ignored and it stretches across the whole metro region. Read more

This Friday is National Ride2School Day, a great opportunity to improve the health and fitness of young people. Read more

Informing our community:

The City asked SGS Economics & Planning to review the WestConnex project because the State Government has not provided details on traffic modelling and is shockingly negotiating contracts before finishing environmental assessment. Read more

You may have noticed the bright red, blue and purple floral displays around the City this summer. These stunning displays have filled over 450 hanging baskets around the city alongside 900 planter boxes and floral towers. Read more

Our City Rangers face a shocking amount of verbal and physical abuse in the course of their work. 200 verbal and 67 physical assaults have occurred over the past five years. Read more

This morning had the great pleasure of thanking the volunteers and staff organisers responsible for the Safe Space program. Read more

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.

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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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Over the weekend, Sydney returned Alex Greenwich to state parliament and will remain independent for four more years! Read more

(12.30pm, Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall)

Thank you, [MC]. Hello, everyone, welcome to Town Hall and to this second in our 2015 series of concerts.

 

The recital you’re about to hear is a very special one as it’s only the second since we completed a five-year project to clean, conserve and document this historic Grand Organ. Read more

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Thank you, Jo [Dyer, exec director]. Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the launch of the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Sydney does festivals and festivities well – we’ve acquired an international reputation for it. But the Sydney Writers’ Festival I think is one of our best.

It shows a Sydney that is open to ideas, and open to the world, that welcomes the opportunity to explore diverse views and listen to other voices.

The Canadian writer Alberto Manguel has argued that reading has an ethical value because it obliges us to understand the experiences of others, to make that leap of the imagination into the lives of others.

Together, writing and reading help build community which is at the foundation of our urban lives, the very reason people come together in cities.

So we’re proud that the Sydney Writers’ Festival has grown to be the most significant annual literary event in Australia, and one of the largest in the world.

The theme for this year’s festival – “How to Live” – will be reflected on by the 400-plus Australian presenters and over 45 international guests. Those international guests reflect Sydney’s multi-cultural outlook and heritage: they come from China, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Israel, the US and UK, Germany, Canada and Sweden.

The Festival audiences are equally diverse, drawn from across the city, and they will meet in venues around the city centre, northern Sydney, western Sydney and in the Blue Mountains.

We will be hosting a series of children’s workshops at our City libraries and we’re delighted that once again venues including Town Hall and the City Recital Hall, as well as the fabulous Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst, will be hosting talks and discussions.

So we look forward to this year’s Festival in all its variety and richness.

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Today we 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. The contribution and sacrifice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have served or are now serving in our armed forces has gone unrecognised for too long. I hope this work will inspire and remind us all of the vitality of indigenous culture and its continuing connections to our land.

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Thanks to everyone who showed their support for @alexgreenwich on the weekend and kept Sydney independent! It wouldn't have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of so many volunteers and community members.