Clover's eNews - No 561

This week, the (Sydney) Magazine's list of 25 things Sydney's got right included Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Surry Hills Library, Sydney Park and our bike paths - all City projects. It also nominated our new small bars, Fraser's Studios in Kensington Street, Chippendale and the Finger Wharf, which I campaigned to save with the community in 1992.

Readers of the magazine (published with Thursday's Sydney Morning Herald) also suggested things that desperately need fixing, including the Goulburn Street parking station. On Monday, Council unanimously endorsed proposals to green the parking station, making it an active and creatively attractive building, which could incorporate other uses, such as a rooftop cinema.

Council also approved using vacant premises within the City's Oxford Street properties as creative spaces, endorsed placing our draft Greening Sydney Plan on public exhibition, and endorsed plans for improvements to Dr HJ Foley Park and Jubilee Park children's playground, both in Glebe.

Council decided on Monday night to continue to consult with local residents as we develop a much-needed childcare centre in Bourke Street Darlinghurst. Residents spoke about the proposed closure of adjacent Berwick Lane to provide outdoor space for the childcare centre, and we will work with them to get the designs right

In Parliament, I spoke against the Shooters and Fishers bill for a five-year moratorium on marine parks, praised the contribution of small businesses to the inner city, spoke about Sydney's cruise passenger capacity, called for mandated protections in coal seam gas mining, and asked questions about disruptions to Oxford Street during the Ausgrid electricity cable upgrade. I briefed the Minister for Planning about the City's cycle network plans. I also spoke with the Minister for Local Government about the problems with backpackers selling their vehicles on Victoria Street, I hope the Government supports my private members bill.

On Wednesday night, I launched the Sydney Vogue Fashion Night Out, a late night shopping event, with live performances, fashion parades and special window displays. Held on 8 September, it highlights how important retail and fashion are to our economy. Sponsoring the event, our City's Retail Advisory Panel and work on the late night economy are among the many things we are doing to support business in the City.

Other highlights of my week included attending the Paddington Society Annual Dinner on Thursday night, and joining Newtown Public School students as they buried a time capsule filled with their dreams, hopes and visions for Sydney in 2030. The time capsule was an initiative of 'Earth Kids,' students at the school who are already acting to improve the environment. (See photo)

Our Sustainable Sydney 2030 plans were included in the capsule, and this Wednesday you can hear how we're delivering on those plans at our State of the City reporting day. Please join me from 6:30pm at the Sydney Town Hall for the free presentation (more information: ph 9265 9333).

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