A new study on global mobility and employment preferences ranks Sydney as the fourth most desirable city in the world for foreign workers.

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After more than 20 years, the long-awaited upgrade to Redfern Station’s accessibility will finally begin in early 2015. This work will include a new lift on platforms 6 and 7 and improved access from Lawson Street.

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Today I had the great pleasure of hosting citizenship ceremonies for 334 new Australians from 49 countries of birth.

This is the tenth year, as Lord Mayor, that I have been hosting Citizenship ceremonies and in that time I have welcomed over 18,300 new Australians in 237 ceremonies.

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This week I hosted the second in our series of City Conversations examining social sustainability. A packed house at City Recital Hall braved storms to hear a panel of experts discuss how government, foundations, business and individuals can work together to deliver social good.

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Last weekend locals and visitors to Kings Cross got a taste of the arts, culture, food and shopping this village has to offer at the Kings Cross Festival.

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This week the City of Sydney raised a rainbow flag flying six storeys above the area known as “Gilligan’s Island” at Taylor Square. The flag joins the 200 rainbow banners that the City has flown along Oxford and Flinders Street since 2005.

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A project described as a “mental health neighbourhood watch” was among those receiving funding from my Lord Mayor’s Trust today.

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The Kings Cross Festival is up and running, and this weekend there are some great events showing off the best of Kings Cross and Potts Point. I launched this year’s Kings Cross Festival on Wednesday night with Tim Petersen from the Potts Point Partnership and local artist Tim Denoon, whose photos of our vibrant community form part of the festival’s art program.

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Today the Daily Telegraph dedicated an entire page to undermine our efforts to make Sydney’s roads safer for everyone – whether they are walking, riding a bike, taking public transport or driving.

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I joined some of Sydney’s most exciting up and coming young designers at The Makery on Oxford Street to help launch this weekend’s Fashion in the Villages program.

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I was very sad to hear that Randall ‘Animal’ Nelson passed away this week. Our community has lost one of its warmest and most respected members. Read more

Last night, in spite of overwhelming community and business opposition, the Liberal National Government joined the Elephant Shooters Party and the Christian Democrats to halve your say in City of Sydney local elections.

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I was delighted to read today that the growing number of small bars in our city is helping boost Sydney’s live music scene – Size doesn’t matter for Sydney’s top small music venues

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Oxford Street has plenty going for it – creative businesses, art schools and universities, cafes, cinemas, bookstores, secret gardens in the Reservoir, Saturday markets and glamorous day spas.

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This week I was delighted to join John Kaldor at the Royal Botanic Gardens for the announcement of Kaldor Public Art Projects’ 45th anniversary project.

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It was terrific to help launch one of my favourite events last night, Vogue Fashion Night Out.

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Recent planning and development processes for foreshore land have created significant community distrust about how the State Government will plan and redevelop the Bays Precinct.

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It’s easier for businesses in the City of Sydney to vote in local government elections than anywhere else in NSW. Businesses only need to operate for three months before they can enrol to vote (as opposed to three years in other local government areas).

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Sydney City is one of the fastest growing areas in terms of jobs and residents. And the City of Sydney has played a large part in that. For the last ten years, we’ve made the area one of the most desirable places in Australia to live and work.  Read more

Visualising the devastating effects of climate change can be challenging, but a new exhibition at Customs House is full of stunning reminders of the challenge we face.

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More entertainment options in the city that aren’t focussed on drinking is something I’m very keen to see more of.

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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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 (8pm, Saturday 18 October 2014, Sofitel Wentworth Hotel)

Thank you, Jessica, [Rowe, MC]. Good evening, everyone.

I would also like to acknowledge the Hon Mike Baird, Premier of NSW, and of course the Rev Bill Crews, CEO and founder of this wonderful organisation.

Homelessness is a blight on any city. Worse, it is a blight on the lives of people – often our most vulnerable.

It diminishes their choices, impairs their health, and deprives them of opportunities the rest of us can take for granted. Homelessness diminishes us all as a society. Read more

(7pm, Saturday 18 October 2014, PACT Erskineville)

Thank you Carly, Jackson and Ryan [three young artist MCs]

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Tonight it is my privilege to help celebrate an important anniversary for the PACT Centre for emerging artists. Read more

(12pm, Saturday 18 October 2014, Janet Beirne Park, Beaconsfield)

Thank you, Stephen [Gilby, MC] and welcome everyone to this wonderful park.

In 1955, this reserve was named The Janet Beirne Children’s Playground and Rest Park in honour of Janet Beirne, a highly respected local resident who died in 1961, aged 75 – survived by her four children and grandchildren.

It was used by workers from the nearby factories and offices as well as local families and their children, a predominantly industrial suburb.

Creating new parks and renewing our existing parks is one of our highest priorities. Read more

Creating new parks and renewing our existing ones is a top priority for the City. That’s why it gives me great pleasure to be reopening the renewed Janet Beirne Reserve in Beaconsfield tomorrow.

Join me from 11am see the exciting new shaded playground, a tree house central meeting point, new paths and a relocated barbecue area next to new decking with café style furniture. There’s also new landscaping, eye-catching curves and arches and touches of colour – it’s had the complete makeover.

There will be entertainment for everyone to enjoy and free refreshments including gelato and coffee.

WHEN: On Saturday 18 October from 11.00 to 13.00
WHERE: Janet Beirne Reserve, Corner Victoria and Beaconsfield Streets, Beaconsfield

In 1955 the reserve was named The Janet Beirne Children’s Playground and Rest Park in honour of Janet Beirne, a highly respected local resident who died in 1961, aged 75. She issurvived by her four children and grandchildren. It was used by workers from the nearby factories and offices as well as local families and their children froma predominantly industrial suburb.

After community consultation we presented a well-received proposal to local residents at the park in September 2012, and I’m proud today to see the $650,000 renewal completed.

It joins the likes of our new Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, Harmony Park in Surry Hills and all the new parks going into Green Square, Redfern Park and of course Sydney Park – once a dump and now one of the most beautiful parks in Sydney.

It’s one of about 100 of our existing 330 parks we’ve renewed or upgraded. I hope to see you down at Janet Beirne for some refreshments and celebration tomorrow and that the whole community enjoys the park long into the future.

(6.30pm, Thursday 16 October 2014, 67 Macleay Street)

Thank you, Paul, [Baker]. Hello, everyone.

What a great addition to Potts Point this is!

Of course last weekend’s Festival put on by the Potts Point Partnership, with the City’s support, focused on the diverse, creative life of this great area.

Tonight’s celebration, another creative addition – Paul Baker was behind Woollahra Galleries and the Coogee Palace and he found this new site within a month of the closure of the Sydney Antique Centre on June 30. Read more

(3.30pm, Thursday 16 October 2014, Lord Mayor’s Reception Room)

“Return to Village: Sharing global insights to drive competitive advantage”

Good afternoon and welcome.

We’re holding today’s forum just three weeks after the controversial Bill changing the business franchise for City of Sydney elections passed through Parliament.

As all of you would be aware, Council strongly opposed this Bill primarily because it gave two votes to business. This was not something sought by businesses or business groups. Patricia Forsythe is on record saying she didn’t support this. Other business spokespeople were concerned about the division this move was creating between the business community and residents. Read more

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