Clover's eNews - No 569

This week I spoke at the launch of National Carer's Week - an event to celebrate the contribution of carers.

Carers' contributions go beyond the assistance they give to the person they care for, whether its helping someone feed, bathe, dress or administer medication, or the emotional support they provide to vulnerable and often isolated people in our community.

Carers also contribute to the wider community by reducing the burden that would otherwise be placed on our already stretched health system.

After the launch I joined David (pictured), a Big Issue seller, outside Town Hall to raise awareness of the need to support programs that help homeless people - we managed to sell 18 copies in half an hour!

I met with the Victoria Street community to celebrate our successful campaign to solve the complex problem of backpacker vehicle sales in their area - the Bill to give powers back to local governments passed in the State Parliament on Wednesday.

I made a submission to the Federal Government's expert panel on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, calling for amendments that recognise and celebrate Aboriginal people and their contribution, cultures and custodianship of Australian lands, remove racial discrimination from our constitution and contribute to reconciliation.

In Parliament I called on the NSW Government to support a film centre in Sydney. NSW is the leader of screen production in Australia, but unlike Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, we don't have a hub for film culture.

I asked the Minister for Transport about Government support and funding for cycling. She promised cycling would be in the transport masterplan that the Government is still developing and said $31 million was going to cycleways across Sydney.

Yesterday I launched the Australian Conference on Public Participation and spoke about why I am so passionate about community consultation. We are facing unprecedented challenges and need, more than ever, to excite and engage communities to participate in the decision making that effects how we evolve together.

Today I launched a public art forum for some of Sydney's brightest creative minds to discuss ideas for new artistic spaces in the heart of Chinatown and was honoured to make 157 candidates from 34 different countries Australian Citizens. They are testament to the City of Sydney's rich cultural diversity, which embraces citizens who come from over 200 countries.

Finally, I am pleased to report that the City's excellent work continues to attract local and international awards.

Our car share policy won the first International CarSharing Association Award for Excellence. This morning, Tanya Paz from Vancouver's MODO car share, and an executive board member of the international CarSharing Association, presented me with the award - appropriately, in a Go Get car.

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