On Tuesday I met with Millers Point social housing tenants about our plans for open space and their ongoing concerns about sellling homes on long term leases. I have long opposed the sale of social housing and have again asked the Minister for Family and Community Services to report on Housing NSW's plans for property sales.
I had an inspiring visit this week to the Wayside Chapel (pictured with Alan Claremont), a place caring for the most marginalised members of our community. Wayside's Pastor and CEO Graham Long showed me around the impressive new buildings and I was able to see the youth breakfast program in action paid for by donations from my Lord Mayoral Salary Trust. I particularly loved seeing the chapel's rooftop garden, where they grow their vegetables and use them in cooking. It was wonderful to see their work first hand.
This week I also hosted one of our regular forums with Sydney retailers. The forum discussed the changing retail landscape and our work on boosting Sydney's night time economy. Retailers are crucial in our city, as employers, providers of goods and services and as magnets drawing people into our CBD.
St Georges Church Hall in Paddington was packed on Thursday evening for my community meeting with constituents in the Woollahra Council part of the Sydney electorate. Residents heard reports from the Rose Bay Police Commander, Woollahra Paddington Ward Councillors and heritage and resident groups. Concerns about development, traffic and road safety, heritage and sustainability were the hot topics.
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Councillor Robert Kok on his recent election as Deputy Lord Mayor. I look forward to working with Robert over the coming year.
Finally I extend my congratulations to Councillors Black, Doutney, Hoff, Mcinerney, Tornai and Mallard who were appointed or reappointed as Chairs, Deputy Chairs or alternates on one or more of Council's committees.
- Sydney Film Centre
- Update on Planning Controls for the Ashmore Estate
- Ongoing Engagement on Harbour Village North Public Domain
- Help for Strata Residents to Green Their Apartments
- Cabling in Surry Hills
- Event Alert