30 January 2015
Around the world, governments are embracing the need to invest in 21st century transport solutions.
But here in NSW, the Government is rushing ahead with WestConnex – a $12 billion last century road project that will make congestion worse. Based on the scant information the Government has made public, WestConnex will make Sydney congestion worse.
It widens and extends existing motorways, doing nothing more than building a tunnel to a traffic jam. As it is currently funded and designed, WestConnex won’t even achieve its original aims – better connecting Sydney’s ports and offering an opportunity to revitalise Parramatta Road.
If you are concerned about the impact of this out-dated and poorly-planned roadway, and the future of our city, please join me at 1pm this Sunday in Newtown. Visit https://www.facebook.com/westconnexactiongroup to see more details.
A major new interchange for WestConnex will exit at Sydney Park. There will be tunnels, ramps, portals, ventilation stacks, and four-lane roads with fast moving traffic on people’s doorsteps.
WestConnex will mean more traffic will be directed into Green Square, which is already experiencing serious congestion because of the NSW Government’s failure to commit to adequate public transport.
It will also put more traffic on King Street, one of Sydney’s most successful main streets, and into neighbourhoods around the St Peter’s interchange including Newtown, Erskineville, Alexandria, Waterloo, Redfern.
In December, the NSW Auditor-General was extremely critical of the conflicts of interest and the shockingly poor quality of the business case for WestConnex, which he described as having “many deficiencies, and fell well short of the standard required”. Because the Government could not provide essential information about WestConnex, the Auditor-General could not assess whether the project was even economically or financially viable.
I have called on the NSW Government to release all relevant information on the project, including the full business case, all traffic assessments, and the proposed sites for portals and ventilation stacks, so that before the next state election in March people know what the real justification for WestConnex is.
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.
Two of our nominees took home state awards. Personal trainer Dean Williams (pictured) beat contenders from across the state to take out the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and South Sydney Business Chamber was voted best Local Chamber of Commerce.
Dean, 24, opened his Vision Personal Training Darlinghurst studio in 2012 and quickly established a successful enterprise, reaching an impressive $1 million-plus turnover within its first year. He puts his success down to delivering a personalised service and achieving results for his clients.
The South Sydney Business Chamber was applauded for developing several initiatives focusing on growth and sustainability, including Green Square Markets, Shopfront Showcase and the Redfern Festival.
I’d like to congratulate all our finalists. They are drawn from a very talented pool of businesses operating in our area and the Business Awards help us promote their talents and capabilities on the state-wide stage.
Business is thriving in Sydney. In the past five years alone, more than 50,000 new jobs have been created across the LGA and 2,000 new businesses have opened, representing almost 40 per cent of all jobs growth in metropolitan Sydney.
All our businesses – small, medium and large – are crucial to Sydney’s liveability and prosperity and I’m proud to work with the Business Chamber to celebrate their success.
City of Sydney State Finalists:
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.
26 January 2015
(1.15pm, Victoria Park)
Thank you, Sean and Mayrah. Hello, everyone, it’s great to be here.
I’d also like to acknowledge important guests and, on behalf of the City of Sydney, a very big welcome to everyone here – to both the locals and people from across Sydney and NSW to this 13th Yabun Festival - which I’m told means “music to a beat” and which features a terrific line-up of music and dance talent including Stephen Pigram, all the way from Broome, and Jimblah. Read more