Clover's eNews - No 575

On Monday Council's Committees met to consider 74 reports. Among them were reports relating to our draft Street Tree Masterplan, a draft footpath gardens policy, proposals for a new public monument honouring Aboriginal culture and heritage, work on Glebe parks and playgrounds and grants for new community and environment projects. Council will consider the Committee's recommendation on Monday.

I've been working closely with our business, cultural and Chinese communities. On Tuesday morning I welcomed business leaders from China and Australia attending the Sydney China Forum, with the University of Sydney China Studies Centre and the Caixin business media group. That evening I hosted a dinner for to thank the sponsors of Sydney New Year's Eve, and another the following night with CEOs of our leading hotels, key players in the Sydney tourism market.

I shared our plans for New Year's Eve 2011 with the media this week.Clover at the New Years Eve launch with CARE It promises to be spectacular with Creative Director Marc Newson at the helm. This is a fantastic, free celebration which unites more than 1.5 million people from Sydney and a billion people from all over the world.

On Wednesday I opened the Australian Solar Energy Society's Solar 2011 Conference, which heard presentations on new developments in solar power, renewable energy, sustainable buildings and living in a lower carbon future.

Later that night I marked World AIDS Day at the lighting of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge pylon, with Governor-General Quentin Bryce, the Federal Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health , Melinda Pavey and representatives from the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Sydney is one of many world cities lighting major icons red to draw attention to AIDS pandemic, which continues to have a catastrophic impact, particularly in Africa.

I had the opportunity to meet with the Roads Minister and speak about the need for sensible, integrated, long-term transport planning, including the need for light rail and a cycling network.

George St continues to develop into a leading boulevarde for the City. Tonight I will join business and fashion leaders for the opening of the first Louis Vuitton Maison in Australia, one of many luxury brands opening on the strip.

I encourage you to join me at the Rally for Marriage Equality at Hyde Park tomorrow being held to urge delegates to the ALP National Conference to support same sex marriage. At our last meeting, Council unanimously called upon the Australian Parliament to legislate for same sex marriage, and called upon all MPs and parties to support it.

I also hope I will see you at one of our Village Our Christmas Concerts over the weekend. Our Alexandria Christmas Concert in Alexandria Park is tomorrow night, and the Surry Hills Concert in Ward Park is on Sunday evening. Both start at 6.30pm. Next weekend we have concerts Rushcutters Bay Park on Saturday and Turruwul Park Rosebery on Sunday, postponed from last weekend because of the threat of rain.

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Cheers,
Clover

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