Our Christmas celebrations started last night - Christmas on the Green at Hyde Park and the classic tree lighting and concert in Martin Place - and both attracted big crowds of excited children and their families despite patchy rain. We are postponing our Rushcutters Bay and Rosebery Village Christmas Concerts because of rain. All the details and up to the minute information is at http://sydneychristmas.com.au/
On Sunday, I launched the exhibition, Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen, attended by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, and Danish Ambassador and Consul-General.
On Monday I hosted a round table with the Lord Mayor and CEO of Copenhagen, where Danish businesses involved in sustainability and members of our own Better Buildings Partnership exchanged ideas and information.
On Tuesday I opened the Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen conference, exploring the role of creativity in the life of our cities. Both the conference and this exhibition are part of our partnership with the University of NSW examining how the arts can contribute to urban sustainability.
On Tuesday evening I attended the Aboriginal Housing Company's community information on their plans for redeveloping The Block in Redfern, called the Pemulwuy Project. As a sign of our support, Council will transfer some land to enable the development to occur. Council will meet with residents next week to talk about the transfer. There will be more opportunities to have a say once the Development Application is submitted to the Department of Planning for approval.
On Wednesday I hosted a reception with the NSW Council of Civil Liberties where they presented one of its early members, Justice Michael Kirby, with life membership. Only seven other members of the Council of Civil Liberties have received this honour.
This was the last week of NSW Parliament. I spoke on the carbon tax, the NSW Budget, introduced a bill to give basic rights to boarders, lodgers and renters not covered by a lease, supported inner city cops by opposing cuts to their death and disability scheme, and asked the Government to identify iconic nature areas where mining and gas expansions should not occur.
I also submitted petitions for a beverage container deposit, Walsh Bay bus services and a ban on pets in pet shops, and asked questions about the destruction of parkland trees, smoking reform and small and firearm theft.
- Two village Christmas concerts postponed
- Marginal renters would be protected under my bill
- Coal seam gas inquiry
- New planning controls for the Ashmore estate proposed
- Consulting on Chinatown
- Improving south Crown Street, Cleveland Street and Baptist Street
- Marking World AIDS Day
- How to clean up your e-waste
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