Today City of Sydney unveiled three public artworks that will change the face of the city centre and shine the international spotlight on Sydney.

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Last night Council supported my Lord Mayoral Minute to request that the NSW Government remove the Oxford Street clearway and reduce the speed limit to 40km/h.

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Sydney urgently needs new public transport and the Government’s light rail project will reduce congestion in the inner city. It’s disappointing the Labor Party is spreading mistruths about this much needed transport project.

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This week we passed two important milestones that show just how much building and development is going on in the City of Sydney. Both commercial and residential developments are benefiting from the City’s approach to development which fosters excellent design and delivers on our community’s expectations.

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National Tree Day is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and help green our City. This Sunday 27 July, volunteers will plant 4,500 new seedlings in Sydney Park to celebrate Planet Ark’s National Tree Day.

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Art plays an enormous part in the life of any great city. It can engage and stimulate people, it can provoke both thought and action, it can add depth, texture and meaning to the urban experience.

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Green Square is an $8 billion urban renewal in the heart of Australia’s biggest city, halfway between the CBD of the global city and Australia’s busiest airport. But the State Government must urgently provide more public transport.

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Should Cities Rule the World? This was the subject of my address to the National Press Club in Canberra this week.

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There’s been much discussion in the media this week about the future development of our CBD, including Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson’s fascination with tall buildings.

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On Tuesday night I was joined at Sydney Town Hall by Nobel-prize winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz to talk about the price of inequality.

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This week the fantastic program for Art & About Sydney 2014 was unveiled . With a focus on the theme ‘endangered’, Art & About Sydney will bring together an extraordinary line-up of international and Australian artists

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Prince Alfred Park and Pool was awarded the state’s oldest and most prestigious public architecture prize, the Sir John Sulman Medal at the Australian Institute of Architect’s NSW Architecture Awards.

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(9.55am, Thursday 24 July 2014, Wigram Rd & Ross St, Harold Park)

Thank you, John [Carfi, Mirvac CEO]. Good morning, everyone.

I’d also like to acknowledge the Mirvac representatives, as well as those from the Glebe Society and the NSW Harness Racing Club.

Today marks the opening up of a site that has been closed to the community unless of course you were a keen harness racing enthusiast, for more than a century and creates new open space and linkages across the local area. Read more

(6pm, Wednesday 23 July 2014, 1 Martin Place)

Thank you, Chris [Forbes]. Good evening, everyone.

I would also like to acknowledge:

  • David Southon and David Harrison, joint Managing Directors of Charter Hall
  • Members of the Core Plus Office Fund Board

The start of construction on 333 George Street marks an exciting moment. Exciting obviously for Charter Hall, for, and for their architects and builders. And exciting also because it marks part of a new beginning for George Street, and for the whole city. Read more

The NSW Government is currently exhibiting two proposals to improve congestion in the city centre, and now you can have a say on the design of these projects.

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Hany Armanious' 'Pavilion' in Belmore Park is the final piece of public artwork in our plans to remake George Street and the city centre.

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Tracey Emin will be creating 'The Distance of Your Heart', the second piece of public art we are unveiling today. 60 delicately handmade bronze birds scattered along George Street.