Do you run a small or medium sized business in the City of Sydney? We run a great range of programs to help business thrive and this week I was inspired by some great ideas and a packed audience at our Retail Business Forum - Talking Shop on Monday night.
I also joined many people on Tuesday night for a 101 Workshop on navigating the development application process.
We know this is a tough time for retailers and that's why we have been working closely with our Retail Advisory Panel on a series of programs to boost retail. Our Business Awards and forums and workshops are just one of the ways we provide support. Another is the 'Sydney is Fashion' event which we established to bring together some of the biggest fashion events of the year to give retailers a boost during the quiet months of August to September.
On Wednesday I helped Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes officially open one of Sydney's newest restaurants Mr Wong and the adjoining small bar Palmer & Co. The restaurant, which opens to the public this weekend, is located in one of the City's oldest laneways Bridge Lane.
Justin came to see me 18 months ago to say that he supported the City's policy to activate City laneways and give people different options late at night.
People have long been calling for great places to eat late at night and interesting, quirky places to go out to and it's good to see new places opening to meet that demand.
(Picture: Opening Mr Wong with Justin Hemmes and chefs Dan Hong, Eric Koh and Jowett Yu)
I met with Waterloo Public Housing tenants on Thursday to discuss issues facing them including safety, improvements to homes and public spaces and alcohol management. Advocating for tenants of public housing is an important part of the work I do and organising a regular meeting with tenants was one of the first things I did when elected as Member for Bligh in 1988.
As Lord Mayor I've continued this work and I now meet with public housing tenants across the City of Sydney. We have created memorandums of understanding with Housing NSW and Police to get action on behalf of tenants. See below for information about the future of social and affordable housing in the city.
On Saturday afternoon I'll be joining thousands of people in cities across Australia to call for marriage equality. As the Federal Parliament gets ready to debate reforming marriage law, it is important we show our support. If you believe that marriage should be about love not gender, and you want to stand up for equal rights, please join me at Town Hall at 1pm.
On Tuesday night, I'm joining author and climate campaigner Anna Rose, Andrew Valder and Darryl Nichols from Garage Sale Trail, Erik Anderson from Practerra, sustainability specialist Andrea Pape and Think Act Change organiser Avis Mulhall to talk about what sustainability means (register here: http://www.meetup.com/Think-Act-Change/events/70784112/). What does sustainability mean to you? Join the discussion on my Facebook page.
With less then one month to go until election day, I need your help. Can you volunteer some of your time to help our campaign with doorknocking, distributing leaflets and putting up posters? Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you're having a great weekend!