The City of Sydney is investing $18m in an amazing new cultural precinct for City's fastest growing urban area.
Happy Art Month, art lovers! The City of Sydney just endorsed a plan to make the process of commissioning pieces of street art in our city much easier.
The City of Sydney has recommended a major policy change to relax the restrictions on Street Art in our city. This change would allow private property owners in non-heritage areas to commission street art on their walls, without the need to apply for Development Application.
This doesn't change our commitment to getting rid of obviously offensive works, which will still be removed as soon as possible with City staff continuing to inspect graffiti hotspots every day.
Another great development in this new plan is the addition of a Street Art Register, to help document and explain more about the unique artworks across our city.
Let's celebrate the great artists we have in Sydney and let more people know where we can seek out their work.
We’re really excited to see more beautiful art on Sydney’s streets and in its laneways. We hope you are too. You can read more on our proposal here.
We all know Sydneysiders love our coffee - but do you know our caffeine obsession has a distinctly unsavoury environmental impact? Coffee cups are not recyclable through the standard recycling system, as each paper cup contains a plastic layer. That means the 1 billion coffee cups sold in Australia each year are headed straight for landfill.
Funded by the City of Sydney, Close the Loop ran a four week trial in one Sydney office, and gathered a staggering 4278 cups in that period. If we can institute a dedicated cup collection and recycling system in Sydney, we can have an enormous impact in diverting waste and making the best use of our resources.
Would your office support and use a dedicated coffee cup recycling scheme? Let me know as we work on next steps.
For almost twenty years, author and activist Naomi Klein has been a fearless voice for social and climate justice, documenting the histories and initiatives of communities everywhere.
Her books, including No Logo, Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, are meticulously researched, searingly insightful studies into abuses of power that have had devastating effects on people and planet - and, importantly, studies of the creative strategies that the marginalised and oppressed have used to fight back. She has been a huge influence on a generation of social advocates and activists, and so I was honoured to be able to add my voice to the chorus as Naomi Klein was recognised for her work with the Sydney Peace Prize in 2016.
I was pleased to meet with representatives of our sister city, Nagoya, who were in Sydney to celebrate Taronga Zoo's 150th birthday. Guests included Mr Teruo Shinkai, Deputy Mayor of Nagoya and Mr Kazuto Kato, Chairperson, Nagoya City Assembly.
Our social, cultural and creative lives meet at night - the night life of a city can often be the boldest, most colourful expression of the personality of a city. A safe, diverse night life is essential for locals and visitors, and it contributes to a sense of excitement, energy and community in a city, as well as to the economy. Nightlife is not an optional extra: it is part of our offering as a global tourism destination, knowledge economy hub, and cultural capital.
I stand behind #KeepSydneyOpen and was proud to join them - and 15,000 other Sydneysiders - at this rally on October 9, to voice my support for their campaign for a vibrant late-night city.
Lasting innovation happens at city level, when people engage with their local communities, gain new perspectives and hear from diverse voices, and build the kinds of places where opportunities and new ideas can emerge. I am passionate about making our cities engines for social inclusion, laboratories and studios where creativity can thrive and solutions can be developed, and meeting places to expand our horizons.
That is why I am honoured to serve as a Councillor of the City of Sydney.
The City of Sydney is Australia's economic powerhouse, a driver of the knowledge economy, a home to great universities, organisations and businesses. Over $108 Billion is generated annually within the City of Sydney local government area - which represents 7% of the Australian economy.
We're also home to 200 nationalities, making Sydney one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. We're a young city growing from the foundations laid by the oldest continuing culture, thanks to our city's Gadigal heritage, knowledge and community.
Sydney is socially inclusive, politically progressive and culturally energetic. We are building the sustainable, creative and fair city of the future, here and now. I'm proud to call Sydney my home and honoured to represent my communities on the Council.
I ran on Clover Moore's team of independents in the local government elections in September 2016. Over her 12 years as Lord Mayor, Clover Moore has been a transformative influence on the City, and I am committed to continuing her progressive, bold vision for Sydney. Under Clover Moore, Sydney has invested in assets for the people: beautiful public spaces and streets, cultural venues, childcare centres, pools and parks. Under her leadership, the city has implemented a cultural policy, started the Eora Journey to make our Indigenous history more visible, fought for cycleways and set ambitious sustainability goals. She's implemented rigorous design standards and fought against bad development.