2 March 2015
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.
25 February 2015
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
13 February 2015
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
26 January 2015
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
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.
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.
6 March 2015
I have many amazing memories of Mardi Gras, from judging the parade floats atop Oxford St shop awnings to marching with a group of “Clovers”, dressed in my likeness wearing business suits and big wigs. Read more
26 February 2015
Today’s Daily Telegraph suggests the City is not committed to the Hyde Park Anzac Memorial. This is completely false.
The City of Sydney is investing more than $24 million restoring war memorials, maintaining Hyde Park, and creating Australia’s first memorial to honour indigenous servicemen and women. The Daily Telegraph was made aware of this spending, but chose to ignore it.
On 10 September last year, the City wrote to the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet seeking to confirm existing funding arrangements for Memorial’s redevelopment. The City is still awaiting a response. Ahead of the Anzac centenary the City spent $173,000 on heritage restoration work to 10 war memorials across Sydney. These include:
With the support of the RSL, the City is also looking forward to launching on 31 March, a public art tribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women in Hyde Park. The City invested more than $500,000 in the project.
The City has also provided almost $70,000 in sponsorship to the RSL, History Council and other groups for Anzac Day related events and activities. This includes $20,000 for outdoor screens and audio visual equipment at Martin Place so that more people can take part in this year’s dawn service.
The City has spent $5.6 million in the past 10 years on Hyde Park, with $23.5 million committed for the next 10 years, including the avenue of trees framing the Anzac Memorial and supporting public domain works, tree replacement and works to support the NSW Government project to upgrade Museum Station.
Operational expenditure on Hyde Park for the past 10 years was $17.56 million, with $10 million allocated for the next 10 years.
25 February 2015
(7.40pm, Royal Automotive Club of Australia)
Hello, Bears – and all of the Bears’ friends and admirers!
This celebration of all things “Bear” is now firmly established on Sydney’s GLBTI calendar. Helping to launch your Festival is for me a highlight of February in Sydney.
This year’s Bear Essentials theme, Fifty Shades of Bear, also reminds us that there are more than fifty shades of gay. Since you were established in 1995, Sydney Harbour Bears has challenged the perceptions and stereotypes of gay men. Not all gay men are smooth gym bunnies. There are also gay men who delight in being burly and hairy. And you celebrate this diversity. Read more
25 February 2015
(6.30pm, Muse Studio, 155 Little Oxford Street)
Thank you, Zac and hello, everyone. Happy Mardi Gras!
This is a wonderfully refreshing and mind-opening exhibition.
As Richard has so rightly said, the overwhelming public image of the LGBTI communities tend to be of “the young, fit and hedonistic”, the so-called “beautiful people”. And, as he also rightly points out, it’s an image that only feeds into stereotypes, effectively pigeon-holing our wonderfully diverse community. Read more