Clover's eNews - No 600

Saying #Ido to marriage equality (photo courtesy Same Same)

This week, Council held an extraordinary meeting to discuss a tattoo parlour legally approved under delegated authority in Kings Cross. We heard from residents, the police and the applicant.

The Council voted to ask the NSW Police Commissioner to urgently report to the Director General of Fair Trading any concerns police have about the operator of the parlour. Councillors also called on the CEO to review planning controls relating to tattoo parlours and consider anti-clustering rules.

On Tuesday, I spoke at the opening of the 2012 NSW Shires Association Annual Conference. Later, I spoke at the third Sydney Homeless Connect event in Town Hall House. This event is wonderful because it connects homeless people with the services they need - medical attention, a haircut, care for pets and so on.

This week, I also met with public tenants in Millers Point and Redfern. Residents in both areas are concerned about the Government's plans for public housing and a backlog of maintenance and repairs, better mental health support and help with education and jobs. All issues I am constantly lobbying the Government for action on.

Neighbourhood Advisory Boards are one way to make sure Housing NSW tenants' voices are heard. There are currently vacancies for both Redfern and Millers Point NABS and I encourage you to consider participating if you live in the area.

I hosted a workshop on Kings Cross on Tuesday night - we had a terrific turn out and some great ideas were discussed. See below for more information.

On Wednesday, I hosted another round table with stakeholders including the AHA, Clubs NSW and the Police on our draft late night economy policy. I also spoke at the first 66 Meet Ups - a networking talk night organised by the tenants in our creative spaces on Oxford St.

That night I was thrilled to launch the Sydney Film Festival. This year boasts a terrific line up of films and our first SFF Town Hall Hub where you can experience the film festival behind the scenes and in a more intimate way.

As you know, marriage equality is an issue I am passionate about. On Thursday morning I joined Marie Claire magazine, Channel 7's Sunrise program, 2DayFM, GetUp and a host of prominent Sydneysiders at a rally in Martin Place (pictured) to encourage Federal MPs to vote yes to legalising same sex marriages.

I also spoke at Sydney's first Failcon conference - we find failure such a hard thing to talk about, but I believe that while failure doesn't need to be glorified, it does need to be acknowledged and accepted as part of the cycle of innovation and something we can learn from.

Today, I helped launch a Sydney version of the famous Monopoly board game. For the first time a Sydney version is being created and the makers want to know your favourite landmarks and streets so they can include them on the board. I nominated Oxford and George streets - two of Sydney's premier streets. (What do you think? Share your ideas here.)

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I hope you have a great long weekend!

Cheers,

Clover

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