The sad and unexpected death of my friend and colleague Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis is a great personal loss, and a great loss for our community and Council, however I know that Robyn would have wanted me to ensure the continued effective governance of the City of Sydney.
That's why Greens Councillor Irene Doutney and I have reached an agreement to formalise our already very effective working relationship.
We've agreed to a memorandum of understanding to continue the ambitious delivery of the City's Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan. You can read the MOU here.
This approach allows us to avoid a costly by-election or a fractured council held hostage by party politicians who sense an opportunity for political point scoring or who refuse to make decisions.
I've held the balance of power with a Liberal/ National Coalition Government and have worked with Labor Governments, this MOU with Greens Councillor Irene Doutney is about giving the City of Sydney's communities and staff confidence in the continued effective governance and operation of this council.
The MOU won't override my deep commitment to voting independently in line with community input and the merits of the issue, or our responsibilities under state legislation and council resolutions.
What it will do is give City communities and staff confidence in the continued effective governance and operation of the council and ensure work continues on tackling global warming, increased sustainable transport, improved social inclusion and equity, support for our cultural life, a stronger economy, better living environment and open, transparent and accountable governance.