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 our most recent Council meeting, we resolved to support an interest-free art purchasing scheme called Art Money.

The scheme will help remove barriers to buying art by providing a 10-month interest-free loan to buy a work priced between $750 and $20,000 from a participating gallery. Read more

Until now, indigenous contributions to Australia’s service history have been woefully under-recognised. But we’re starting to remedy that.

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This week the US and China agreed to take significant steps to address climate change.

Their announcement, a wake-up call to other world leaders, comes in a week when the City’s work to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change was twice rewarded. Read more

Despite action this week from the US and China – the world’s top carbon emitters – the Australian Government refuses to take serious action on climate change. But leading businesses that understand the risks we face are getting on with the job and the City is helping them do it.

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On Monday the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the final part of its 5th Assessment Report. This enormous review of climate change science, the first since 2007, involved nearly 4,000 experts reviewing 30,000 scientific papers.

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This morning I was delighted to announce the winner of our design competition for a new aquatic centre and park at Green Square.

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Just to our east, Waverley Council is planning a separated path to connect Bondi Junction with existing cycleways. This will improve safety and ease of travel for bike commuters coming into and out of the City. Read more

This week I was joined by Age & Disability Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan and representatives from Guide Dogs NSW and Vision Australia to launch the trial of our new wayfinding and tactile signage. Read more

At this week’s Finance, Properties and Tenders Committee meeting the City’s independent financial auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, confirmed our position as the number one Council in NSW for financial management.

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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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(1pm, Thursday 20 November 2014, Australian Technology Park, Redfern)

Urban Growth / Bays Precinct Summit (Living Cities A – City Leadership & Place Making) – Assembly 8

Thank you, [MC].

I’d like to warmly welcome our interstate and international visitors to Sydney, the liveable city I have the privilege to lead.

My City Government is directly responsible for 26 square kilometres and 200,000 residents, and for the one million people in our area each day for work, study, shopping or entertainment. Read more

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcomed the Governor of Hubei Provincial Government, Mr Wang Guosheng, and a delegation of visiting officials to Sydney Town Hall today.

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An opinion piece in today’s Daily Telegraph criticising cycleways is a stark contrast to another story in the same newspaper linking traffic congestion and obesity.

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(9.05am, Monday 17 November 2014, The Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel)

Thank you, Greg [Whitwell, Dean, SU Business School], and good morning, everyone.

And to everyone, welcome to the 2014 Sydney China Business Forum.

Now in its fourth year, the forum has become one of the leading events to focus on business between Australia and China and I’m delighted to see so many of you here today for this auspicious day for Australian/Chinese relations.

This year, the focus is on Australia-China Partnerships in Financial Services, looking at issues crucial to the development of the financial services sector in our two countries. Read more

(11.30am, Saturday 15 November 2014, Oxford & Napier Streets, Paddington)

Thank you, Stephen, [Gilby] and good morning everyone. Welcome to the official opening of this important civic and recreation space.

With its large paved areas and beautifully landscaped gardens, it’s now become a useable and appealing civic space, one that I hope will be used by residents, students, workers and visitors to the area and help renew the life of Oxford Street. Read more

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This morning I addressed the UrbanGrowth NSW Bays Precinct Summit on city leadership and place making. We have a real opportunity to revitalise the area (which includes Rozelle Bay, Blackwattle Bay and the Fish Markets) but public benefit must be put first.

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Have you recycled at one of our reverse vending machines? The two machines – at Circular Quay and Haymarket – have collected over 40,000 bottles since July. That's 40,000 containers that can now be recycled, turning rubbish into a resource and keeping our streets and waterways clean and beautiful.