Local activism helps produce a more engaged community and is a fundamental part of a healthy democratic society, so I was delighted to join some of Australia's most successful community campaigners in the City Recital Hall this week as part of our latest City Talk (as seen in the picture).
After delivering inspiring speeches, Brett Solomon, Executive Director of Access Now and Anna Rose, 2009's Young Environmentalist of the Year and co-founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition joined a panel discussion with Darryl Nichols from the Garage Sale Trail; Simon Sheikh of Get Up!; Amanda Tattersall, Director of Sydney Alliance and John Dee, Founder of Do Something to discuss how citizens and communities can work together to make change.
It was a moving and heartening night - all the campaigners are working on incredibly important issues and to hear about the massive public support they are attracting was very inspiring.
On Wednesday and Thursday, I joined over 300 local representatives in Dubbo for Destination 2036; a state government forum to examine the future of local government in NSW. The forum explored the differences and similarities between local governments across NSW and showed the commitment and motivation that all Mayors in this state have for getting the best outcomes for their communities.
At the meeting Mayors and General Managers agreed a vision for local government in NSW - I will bring you more detail of this and other exciting new ideas, opportunities and relationships that came from the forum in the coming weeks.
I also met this week with residents, cultural groups, HNSW and businesses, hearing their thoughts and ideas about the draft Harbour Village North Public Domain Study. The draft study looks at the Millers Point, Dawes Point, Rocks and Walsh Bay area. These suburbs are easily classed as unique 'living museums' and the draft study is aimed at enhancing public places and creating easy connections to Barangaroo.
I have quite an interesting day planned tomorrow. I hope to see you at St James Park in Glebe to talk about the planned upgrade, at the opening of Bourke Street and Walla Mulla Parks in Woolloomooloo or the drag Fashion show at Taylor Square!
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