Clover's eNews - No 557

This week started with a meeting of inner city Mayors at the Sydney Town Hall, and finished in a meeting of capital city Lord Mayors from around the country in Hobart.

Surry Hills LIbrary and Community Centre

As well as a walk through Hobart's CBD to see the city's inner city development plan first hand, the Federal Government's Major Cities Unit updated us on the National Urban Policy, and Allan Jones presented our vision for a low carbon city, focussing on our green infrastructure work. An extension to the national City Switch program to 2015 was also announced.

I talked with the Federal Minister for Homelessness about the City's leading work on homelessness - we have the most extensive homelessness program of any capital city - as well as joining public housing residents for a meeting in Redfern, and speaking to a group of NSW Young Lawyers about the urgent need for reform to companion animal welfare law.

The stories of Russian emigres from the former Soviet Union in 'I Love Life' were heartbreaking and powerful - I was pleased to launch the anthology upstairs at Surry Hills library.

Speaking of which, the library picked up yet another prestigious award this week, being named the Best New Global Design for 2011 at the International Architecture Awards in Chicago. Congratulations to all involved in this stunning project.

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