My week began with a workshop at the Powerhouse Museum about 'Going Solar', I then launched National Tree Day on Sunday by planting some trees in Sydney Park with hundreds of other residents and launched the City's newly expanded Smart Green Business program on Monday.On Tuesday I told Parliament about our Better Buildings Partnership - a group consisting of 13 major property owners who collectively own nearly 60 per cent of the city's commercial office. All 13 have agreed to work with the City to address global warming.
That night I was really pleased to launch the Australian Museum's new season of Jurassic Lounge - a very popular late night event in the Museum featuring art, live music, drinks, new ideas and of course the chance to rediscover the amazing exhibitions (thanks to Dean Hood Photography for this photo of myself and Australian Museum Director, Frank Howarth).
The focus on the City's business community continued on Wednesday when I joined in celebrating the 175 finalists in our annual City of Sydney Business Awards. The finalists were selected from a record 640 nominations, an increase of 23 per cent on last year. The full list of finalists is available on www.sydneybusinessawards.com.au.
The same night I opened Workshopped 11, an annual exhibition in which designers show their work on home ground.
Another highlight this week was launching a resource kit for community workers to help boarders and lodgers. The kit was funded through a grant from my Lord Mayor's Salary Trust. I learnt about the need for reform to protect residents in boarding houses shortly after I was first elected in 1988, when a group of lodgers were evicted onto the street early one Friday evening without any warning.On Thursday night I launched the Urbanition show at Carriage Works. The show features some of the best and brightest artists in Sydney and San Francisco all presenting their solutions for humane, green and liveable cities.
In Parliament this week I spoke against the Graffiti Legislation Amendment Bill 2011. While Graffiti is unsightly and can make a neighbourhood look neglected and feel unsafe, the action proposed in this Bill is not the answer.The options of youth justice conferencing and warnings are being removed. Instead all young offenders charged with a graffiti offence will be forced to appear before the courts. We should focus graffiti prevention on providing young people with new opportunities to direct their energy.
I also spoke in Parliament about the need for bipartisan action on climate change. We need leadership and courage to protect our planet for future generations. Action on climate change is about our future - families, business, our cities - and all levels of Government should be working together. This week:
- My Bill to Address Streets Being Turned into Caryards
- CityTalk to Focus on Mobilising Communities and Citizens
- Expanded Assistance for Business Greening
- Real Action on Woolloomooloo Homelessness
- Smartpoles for King Street, Newtown
- Event Alert