Our determination to tackle big challenges is something that sets the City of Sydney apart.
This week I spoke to people from business and government at Clean Energy Week about our plans to drastically improve our energy efficiency and reduce our reliance on coal-fired power by investing in trigeneration and solar PV. Through this kind of work we will deliver on our commitment to reduce carbon pollution by 70% by the year 2030.
Next week Council will also vote on the City's Decentralised Water Master Plan - an incredible piece of work which will dramatically reduce the amount of pure drinking water wasted each year on non-essential services such as flushing toilets and air conditioning. We aren't waiting for another water crisis; we are acting now to protect our city in the future.
The City of Sydney's Committees met on Monday night and supported more than $1.3 million worth of sponsorship to support our local artistic talent and some of our biggest cultural festivals (including Sydney Writer's Festival and Mardi Gras) as well as more than $160,000 for local business groups.On Tuesday morning I was proud to join volunteers from WSPA to launch their campaign I Stand Up For Animals. The live export of animals is a cruel practice which causes immense pain and suffering. We send around 4.5 million cattle and sheep every year to countries that treat animals in ways that are illegal in Australia. You can help end this practice by visiting http://humanechain.org/
This Saturday I'll be reopening the El Alamein Fountain in Kings Cross. After six months of careful and thorough restoration it is looking magnificent. We'll also be talking to locals about making the Fitzroy Gardens playground an incredible place for children and parents to play. Please come and join me at 10.30am.
That morning I'll also be visiting the new Eternity Playhouse at the former Burton Street Tabernacle. Construction is well under way and visitors will be able to see some of the fabulous heritage conservation work going on. Please come along at 11.30am for a tour.
Sunday is Planet Ark's National Tree Day, and you can join me by planting one of hundreds of trees and shrubs the City will be growing in Jubilee Park in Glebe. Come along at 11am, get your hands dirty and make a lasting impact on one of our city's most beautiful parks.
I need your help. If you can volunteer some of your time to help our campaign with doorknocking, distributing leaflets and putting up signs, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you're having a great weekend!