Friday 22nd July 2011
Over the past week I've met with government leaders, people who run businesses of all sizes, leaders from the city's creative culture and local residents.
It began early on Monday morning at a breakfast forum where the Prime Minister clearly outlined her vision for Australia's clean energy future. The PM's message was powerful, showing that the policy and rationale for the Government's Climate Change Plan is both robust and strong.
On Tuesday, I introduced the final Let's Talk Business seminar in the current series, which focussed on leadership and the use of technology.
Yesterday, I hosted a Sydney Business Forum with the new Minister for Transport as our guest speaker. I welcome Minister Berejiklian's commitment to work with the City to relieve CBD congestion, including extending light rail, better management of buses, and action to encourage walking and cycling. The Minister's focus on integrated land use and transport planning, integrated ticketing and improving service delivery and coordination across all modes of transport is also welcome, and I look forward to working cooperatively with her to develop and implement transport initiatives across Inner Sydney.
I chaired the Central Sydney Planning Committee where the latest plans for Green Square were discussed and approved for re-exhibition.
Other important meetings this week included a round table with key business, cultural and community leaders to develop our strategy for Sydney's night time economy and a consultation meeting with local Millers Point and Walsh Bay residents and visitors that focussed on ideas for our Harbour Village precinct. There was a great turn out for this meeting and the people participating came up with some excellent ideas. The Harbour Village North Study is on public exhibition until 5 August.
I was also honoured to welcome 315 people from 66 different nations to become Australian citizens.
This Monday's Council meeting will consider more than 30 items, including reports recommending we put our Draft Street Tree Master Plan on public exhibition, continue the temporary managed road closure of Cowper Wharf Road at weekends, a revised planning proposal for the Green Square Town Centre be re-exhibited and adopt tender proposals for a new lift in the Ultimo Community Centre and the extension of our Living Colour hanging baskets along George and William Streets. Another big week!
- Price on Carbon and a Business Boycott?
- Late Night Sydney
- Animal Welfare Inquiry Needed
- Mental Health Commission Consultation
- Event Alert