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.
30 March 2015
(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
26 March 2015
(6.30pm, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay)
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.