This week has been a reminder that politics is often fuelled by passionate and robust debate. Some of it is real and helps us refine our ideas. Some of it is confected and gets in the way of meaningful discussion.
I'd like to thank you for your support this week - it has been great to see so many letters of support, both here and in the newspapers.
Thousands of people from cities all over the world visited Sydney this week for the Green Cities Conference. I was pleased to give the opening address at the conference and look forward to hearing more about delegates' ideas for making our cities more sustainable.
The City is already acting to reduce our impact on the environment. It was great to see City staff share the details of our plans with Sydneysiders and conference attendees at our pop-up laneway event in Sussex Lane. Monday night's Pecha Kucha and Tuesday night's GreenUps events were fully booked, with people discussing ideas to make Sydney a better place for all of us.
International Womens' Day was another important reminder of the progress we've made, but also the need for more action on gender equality. It makes me extremely proud to see so many women holding leading roles in our community in areas such as business, policing, politics and education. It is particularly important to support and nurture the ideas and aspirations of young women in our city.