March 10, 2014
Last week, I joined the Mayors of Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne and Perth for a meeting of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors in Adelaide.
These meetings are a valuable opportunity to share knowledge and take action on issues that impact the millions of people living in our capital cities.
February 3, 2014
On Sunday night we welcomed the Year of the Horse in true Sydney style.
Our Twilight Parade was one of our best yet. More than 130,000 people filled George Street too see 3,000 performers, community groups and artists show off their talents.
January 29, 2014
On Wednesday night I was joined by the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China and other dignitaries at Lower Town Hall to open our Crossing Boundaries exhibition.
The exhibition is beautiful, and shows off an amazing range and depth of artistic exchange between Australia, China, Vietnam, Japan and Korea.
January 29, 2014
The 2014 Sydney Festival has wrapped up after two-and-a-half weeks of drama, music, dance, art and celebration.
Sunday night’s Symphony in the Domain was a glorious finale. Simone Young conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and fireworks accompanying Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture was a great way to bring the Festival to an end.
December 18, 2013
When Sydney was a small outpost at the end of the world, a visionary Governor Lachlan Macquarie had the foresight to set aside public land “for the benefit of present and succeeding inhabitants of Sydney”.
Today these lands have grown to become the Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial & Moore Park.
November 28, 2013
Over the past few days, the planning bills have been debated in the Upper House and I am pleased to report that further positive amendments have been made.
Most importantly, Code Assessment has been removed, which means that you retain your right to have a say on development in your neighbourhood, regardless of whether it has been designated a “high-growth” area or not.
July 8, 2013
A giant sign spelling out the word ‘yuk’ using thousands of used cigarette butts has been installed in Hyde Park to remind smokers of the pollution their discarded butts cause.
Every day the City’s cleansing crews sweep up around 15,000 butts from the streets and footpaths. Many thousands more are washed into our harbour and waterways where they do serious environmental damage.
March 3, 2014
(5.30pm, Monday 3 March 2014, Glebe Town Hall)
Hello, everyone, welcome to this consultation meeting.
I’d also like to acknowledge The Hon Jamie Parker MP and Cr Darcy Burns, Mayor of Leichhardt.
This is our opportunity to show you the more detailed design for the new park which has evolved from your feedback on the initial proposals we presented to you last November. Read more
February 28, 2014
(6.30pm, Friday 28 February 2014, Sydney Town Hall)
Thank you, Kate [Monroe, MC]. Hello, everyone. Happy Mardi Gras!
It’s wonderful to have you all here in Town Hall and wonderful to have such significant guests.
Last year, I spoke about how important it is that Women Say Something and how even more important it is that Women Do Something. Read more
February 27, 2014
(7.10pm, Thursday 27 February 2014, Carnegie Hall, 262 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst)
Thank you, Scrap, [Wall, artistic director]. Hello, everyone.
What a great space to be in to launch Art Month for 2014.
And what a fabulous program you’re presenting this year. There are pop-up exhibitions; a cycle safari; a night tour of the burgeoning art scene of Chippendale and Redfern; talks at CarriageWorks; Hetti Perkins on Aboriginal public art – something close to our hearts as we work on our Eora Journey through the City; artists presenting films that have influenced or inspired them; and galleries across the city offering exhibitions to entice new patrons as well as the regulars. Read more
February 27, 2014
(6pm, Thursday 27 February 2014, Lord Mayor’s Reception Room)
Hello, everyone and welcome to Town Hall for our reception to honour Ron Austin.
There’s a saying that great oaks from little acorns grow. That’s certainly true of the extravaganza that is now Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the largest night time celebration of GLBTI pride in the world. Read more