(10.30am, Wednesday 26 February 2014, Abraham Mott Hall)
Good morning, everyone, and welcome.
As you know, the City has regular meetings with staff from both Housing NSW and the Land and Housing Corporation about operational and strategic issues.
Your local MP, Alex Greenwich, can't be here today because parliament is sitting, so he has asked Leanne Abbott to read out an update of his work.
The Estate Advisory Board plays an important role in the community, providing a bi-monthly forum where tenant representatives, Government and non-government representatives can hear and deal with on-going issues and concerns.
Good Neighbourhood Barbecue
The City hosted a Good Neighbourhood Barbecue on November 24 at The Paddock, with NSW Police. It was a big success, with a free barbecue, activities for the children, and live music. We'll be holding two series of similar barbecues this year, with the first round starting next month. We will release the dates and locations for these barbecues soon.
The City is currently reviewing alcohol restrictions in public parks across the Local Government Area. We'll be asking you in the coming month for your opinions about alcohol management in our parks.
There's a wide range of community programs and events for all ages being held at the KGV Recreation Centre, the Millers Point Community Centre, the Abraham Mott Centre and the Harry Jensen Activity Centre.
The next community barbecue is at the Harry Jensen Centre on the afternoon of Saturday March 8.
The Word Matters Free Workshop is a two-hour workshop to help educate volunteers about disability. It will be held on Friday March 21, from 9.30-11.30am at the Abraham Mott Centre in Argyle Place.
The After Dinner Walking Group will hold a tour of Walsh Bay on Tuesday, March 18, from 6.30-8.30pm as part of Seniors' Week. Transport will be provided.
Other activities in March and April include everything from fishing trips to art classes, Senior Fitness programs and sporting competitions. For more information, please talk to Colin Huxley, who manages programs and services for this area.
Social Impact Assessment
Your local MP, Alex Greenwich, has asked that the results of the Social Impact Assessment done in 2012 be available under the Government Information (Public Access) Act. His request was refused and is now being reviewed by the Information and Privacy Commission.
Both Alex and I have written to the Family and Community Services Minister, Pru Goward, asking for the release of the results and for information about vacant premises and maintenance issues in social housing properties.
Harbour Village North Integration
These works are at various stages. The first project is for Headland Park, to ensure that it is readily accessible to both pedestrians and cyclists. The development application for this project has been approved, and the Barangaroo Authority and the City are meeting regularly to resolve the design details before construction begins.
Safety Strategy and Well-being Plan
The City is working on our new Safe City Strategy. The Social Housing Well-being and Safety Action Plan will become the first of a series of Action Plans to implement the strategy. It will be brought to you for consultation and put on public exhibition before it goes to Council for endorsement.
Last December, we hosted a forum with community members, health workers, police and support services to look at ways the City can improve the health and well-being of people living in social housing and it was, I think, a very successful forum.
So thank you all for coming here today and I'll take this opportunity to wish you a very happy 2014.