Clover's eNews - No 570

Cooperation and communication are essential if we are to make Sydney a leading city in the world. This week, two media reports made clear how vital this is.

Clover Launches Sydney OpenOn Wednesday morning I launched a Discussion Paper on the City's Late Night Economy, developed after extensive consultation and conducting leading research. (See the photo on the left.)

We talked to residents, the liquor industry, retail, emergency services, visitors, tourists and clubbers to find out what kind of late night city they wanted. The results are informing the development of our policy and we are now, again, asking the community to tell us what they think.

Tuesday night I hosted a dinner for the City's retail CEOs. This has been a challenging year for retailers but major refurbishments, new business openings and an exciting events and cultural calendar have opened up new opportunities and renewed confidence.

Encouraging a diverse and vital retail sector is a key priority for the City and I'm actively encouraging open communication with retailers.

After the dinner I was surprised by news that the head of the Sydney Business Chamber, who sat next to me at dinner and talked about the need to work together, was secretly lobbying the Treasurer to use ratepayer funds for State transport responsibilities.

The City has already set aside $180 million from our future rates to support the establishment of light rail in the city centre. Light rail that will service the extra tens of thousands of people who will be living in, working and visiting Barangaroo.

After the election of the new Government I proposed the development of a memorandum of understanding to better enable the City and the State to work together on important issues such as transport and our late night economy.

I invite the Government to communicate openly with us about proposals so we can work them through constructively.

Early this week, the Navy showed senior City staff and I around Garden Island ahead of our submission to the Federal Government's review of Garden Island.

I met with residents about the City's plan to improve Abercrombie Street in Darlington with wider footpaths, more trees and new lighting. Submissions can be made until 31st October.

On Wednesday night I hosted a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) reception.

Our local government area is home to the highest population of GLBT people in Australia and the City is working closely with them through a range of partnerships to deliver programs and services.

On Thursday night I hosted a Bicentennial reception for Sydney Hospital to pay tribute to both the important role it has played in our city over the last 200 years, and to its significant place in our community today.

Today I met with the CEOs of some of Sydney's big hotels who attended a briefing on our work to support retail in the CBD, our push for light rail on George St and our night time economy project. Our hotels make an enormous contribution to our economy and I look forward to working with the CEOs and their staff on these projects.

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