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.