Clover's eNews - No 576

Last Saturday I addressed the rally for marriage equality. It was great to see so many people from all walks of life publicly supporting change and refusing to accept that the current discriminatory definition of marriage is carved in stone.

Monday was the final Council meeting of the year and we worked through more than 70 matters. A proposal for a new Council depot at Rosebery was withdrawn after I asked for more work to respond to community concerns. Staff will look at what alternatives exist and what can be done to further reduce traffic and noise.

On Tuesday I launched the international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) report - Climate Change, Employment and Local Development. It was great to have the City of Sydney's efforts to tackle climate being recognised by the OECD.

We had a great turnout at three consultations this week - on proposals to improve Crown St, Chinatown and Harbour Village North (the area includes Millers Point, The Rocks, Walsh Bay). Your input is a key ingredient in making our projects a success. Read more http://sydneyyoursay.com.au/.

On Wednesday I launched the new Angel Place laneway project where Michael Hill's artwork Forgotten Songs will remain a permanent fixture.

I am pictured below with a Tawny Frogmouth. These birds used to be found in our city centre and are now remembered in this work. I tweeted about it on Wednesday and heard back from lots of Sydneysiders reporting sightings of the Frogmouth in Camperdown, Newtown and other spots in Sydney.

This artwork is an important addition to our growing collection of public artworks across the City and its laneways.

On Thursday I heard the great news that the State Government agrees George Street is the best route for light rail in the city centre. This confirms what we have been saying for years - light rail on George Street will drastically reduce traffic congestion, making it easier for bus passengers, bike riders and pedestrians to get around the city. We have $180 million set aside for public domain works on George Street if light rail proceeds.

I also met with Police commanders and officers this week to discuss how we can improve the safety and courtesy on our roads. Enforcement is a small part of our Streetshare strategy which encourages people to use our streets and public spaces in harmony with each other.

The cooler weather didn't stop many from coming to our Christmas concert at Ward Park on Sunday. Join me at two concerts over the weekend - Turruwul Park, Rosebery on Saturday and Rushcutters Bay Park on Sunday from 630 to 830. More details at http://www.sydneychristmas.com.au/

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