The NSW Government has now appointed the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to review Council proposals on “Fit for the Future”. Read more

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

On the weekend I opened the upgraded St James Park in Glebe. St James Park is the latest example of the City’s work to build high-quality community spaces and attractive places to relax. Read more

During debate in state Parliament today, Alex Greenwich proposed a motion calling on the Government to rule out forcing local councils to amalgamate. Read more

Our economy continues to go through big changes. One thing is clear: Australia’s future lies in innovation, not digging up and exporting minerals.

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At Council’s Environment Committee meeting yesterday, we unanimously approved the City’s plan to build a community farm at Sydney Park. We will now start work on the farm’s produce areas, orchard, composting and waste management facilities.

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Construction of light rail will be the biggest change to the Sydney CBD for decades. It is an enormous, complex job and everyone involved will have to work together to keep Sydney moving.

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This morning I was delighted to speak at the launch the 2015 Sydney Film Festival. In all its richness and diversity, Sydney Film Festival reflects our city and our world — and the City is a proud supporter of it. Read more

This morning I received a letter from the federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, Jamie Briggs, encouraging me to support the NSW Government’s WestConnex project.

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The latest revelation of plans to develop a new stadium in public parkland at Moore Park is nothing more than a greedy land grab.

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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.

At dusk, from now until 20 May, a giant light box and projection artwork will run the entire breadth of the eastern chamber of Paddington Reservoir Gardens. Read more

Last night I congratulated the winners of this year’s Sydney Rides Business Challenge.

A record 4,804 people rode over 313,000km as part of this year’s Challenge, which is now the largest of its kind in the world. Read more

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

On Anzac Day we pay tribute to all who have fought and died for our country in war and this year is particularly important as it is the Centenary of the Anzac landings. Read more

This Friday at Town Hall we will be thanking our departing International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) participants and welcoming a new intake. Read more

Leading scientists advise that climate change will cause increases to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. The storms of the past week show how important it is for cities to be ready for such events.
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I’m very concerned about the number of people who have been killed or injured on our roads. That’s why the City has launched a new road safety campaign to highlight the number of accidents occurring in the city’s most dangerous areas.
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If you are thinking about hosting live music in your pub, bar or restaurant, or even opening your own venue, the City can help. Read more

The Sydney Rides Business Challenge has been a huge success. There are still a few days to go, so it’s not too late for you to sign up, take part and log your rides.

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The City has been criticised in the Daily Telegraph this morning for our investment in public art and energy efficient infrastructure. Read more

After years of deals being done behind closed doors, the public has now been allowed to see what the future of Barangaroo South will look like.

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The NSW Government’s redevelopment of the 80-hectare Bays Precinct, stretching from Blackwattle Bay to the White Bay Power Station, will be one of the most significant urban renewal projects in Sydney.

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It’s a sad fact that many politicians in Australia ignore evidence-based research, so I’m not surprised Penrith MP Fiona Scott has made claims before looking at the data. Read more

Youth Week in the City starts this Friday, 10 April. Young people are bursting with new ideas and energy, and it’s important that older generations listen to and support them. Read more

Like most arguments for WestConnex, the claim that nearly half of Western Sydney commutes to inner Sydney for work each day (published in today’s Daily Telegraph) is just wrong. Read more

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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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

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.

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(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

(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

(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

This week there has been much discussion of the City’s concerns about modifications to the Barangaroo development.
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