On Monday night I chaired Council's second to last meeting for 2011. Council voted on 84 different reports that covered a range of topics from 38 separate tenders for maintenance works, building refurbishments, park landscaping and fountain restoration projects to the discussion paper for our late night economy policy, which Council endorsed for public exhibition. More information on other important projects discussed is covered in detail in this newsletter.
On Tuesday I joined Peter Leahy of CARE Australia, to launch the Lord Mayor's East Africa Food Crisis Appeal. I know many of you have already donated to this important appeal with over $9,000 raised so far from 65 donations.
If you haven't already donated, please do so, the UN called this the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. 750,000 people, many of them children, are at risk of dying in coming months if we don't help. You can find out more information or donate at www.care.org.au/sydney.
Droughts, floods and other severe weather cycles will become the norm if we don't start taking real action against climate change. On Wednesday night I was pleased to host a public forum on the facts of the Federal Government's legislation to price carbon. The passage of this Bill is an enormous relief and I congratulate the Government, Greens and Independent Members of Parliament for their responsible vote for our future.
The State Government is in the process of reviewing the entire NSW planning system and the Planning Review Panel is holding two community forums at Sydney University on Monday 14 November. Planning has a significant effect on our lives and I encourage you to get involved and share your ideas and suggestions at this forum.
This week Ronda Miller was appointed Clerk of the Legislative Assembly for the NSW Parliament - the first female Clerk of the lower House. She replaces Russell Grove who recently retired after 21 years of service as Clerk. I would like to thank Russell for his sound and constant advice and I wish him well in the future.
Today I gave a speech in Parliament to introduce my strata legislation reform bill to improve transparency and fair management of strata schemes. I then lay a wreath from the citizens of Sydney at the Centopath for Remembrance Day.
Finally I encourage you to join me tomorrow at a range of events starting at 10am with an Open Day and swap event at the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre. At 10.45 I'll stop by St John's Anglican's Church in Darlinghurst for a community BBQ. At 11:20am I'll speak at a special recognition ceremony at Redfern Park for Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) hosted by the South Sydney Uniting Church before heading over to the M.J. Dougherty Reserve in Glebe at 12:30pm for another BBQ for a celebration and to congratulate the community on the inspiring and creative artwork they produced for their park.
I hope to see you at one of the events above.
- The Facts on Carbon Pricing Laid Out
- Introducing Strata Reform
- Green Square Town Centre - Another Step Closer
- More Affordable Housing in the Inner City
- Celebrating our History and Heritage
- Event Alert