My decision to run for Lord Mayor in February 2004 was made in extraordinary circumstances. The City of Sydney and South Sydney Councils were sacked and forced together just seven weeks before the Council’s elections were due.
Donations from my Lord Mayoral fees
I gave an early commitment that if elected I would not accept the Lord Mayoral salary and that I would donate it to charity.
This commitment resulted in my establishing Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust in October 2004 and donating my Lord Mayoral fees to the Trust.
Guided by the management of a Trustee Committee, the Trust has donated over $1.1 million to projects that have helped young people at risk, homeless people, former prisoners and their families and people with mental illness. It has also supported animal welfare and community environmental projects.
The Committee includes solicitors Richard D’Apice and Gerard Gooden, Cr Robyn Kemmis, and my former Electorate Officer, Roy Bishop, who has extensive experience with community-based welfare organisations and is familiar with my values as well as my commitment to finding compassionate solutions to complex social problems.
See a full list of grants here: www.clovermoore.com.au/lord-mayor-trust-grants/
The Committee is now reviewing the future of the Trust and how donations from my Lord Mayoral fees can best be directed to innovative, cutting edge projects that will achieve worthwhile outcomes for people most in need. Consequently, it is not accepting applications for funding.