(10.30am November 20 2011, Main Stage St John's Road)
Thank you, Ian McColm, MC and hello, everyone. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the 200 nationalities who live in our City.
I'd also like to acknowledge Sofi Lidgren, President of the Glebe Chamber of Commerce. And a big thank you to the Chamber for staging this fantastic annual fair - now running for 29 years, which makes it the longest-running of its kind in Sydney.
So congratulations to the Chambers and to the many supporters who make it happen. The City is one of them and we're proud to continue our support for this great community-building event.
This year it's celebrating "the beat" - the beat of the music and dance, and the heartbeat of this wonderful community. I hope you agree it's an even more special place now that Glebe Point Road has been upgraded and we've finished another stage of our work in Foley Park. Further work will include heritage interpretation of historic Hereford House and new picnic tables and seating.
Today, the park's become a beautiful chill-out space and there are relaxation therapies and all sorts of information about healthy lifestyles available there. And isn't it wonderful to see Glebe Point Road full of people and activities instead of just cars!
It leaves plenty of room for the stalls, and for street dining and street performers.
There also a special children's area in the school yard, with entertainment, face painting and art and craft - as well as food, of course, and a bit of magic!
There's also dancing to all kinds of music which will go from 11am until 7pm and day-long food stalls, crafts and opportunities to do some Christmas shopping.
I wish you all a fantastic day and congratulate the Glebe community on once again producing a great Sydney day out.