Clover's eNews - No 571

On Wednesday morning I was inspired when I inspected the new Housing NSW Common Ground development at Camperdown.

The development is purpose built to provide supported housing for homeless people, key workers on a low income and public housing tenants. The development will be run by Mission Australia with an onsite concierge, medical facilities, enterprise training rooms and a vegetable garden.

The building was designed by Hassell and constructed by Grocon at cost and is aiming for 5 and 6 green star rating. It's an excellent example of different levels of government and the private sector successfully working together for the most vulnerable in our community.

On Wednesday night Sydney turned out for three major events - our latest City Talk, the Sydney Peace Prize lecture and the 2012 Sydney Festival launch.

That's on top of movies, music, live theatre, musicals and the Art Gallery's Art After Hours program. The large audiences at each event showed that Sydney is thriving at night.

At our City Talk, pioneering creative thinker Charles Landry shared his ideas about how imagination and creativity can shape cities. Like previous City Talk presenters, Danish architect Jan Gehl and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, he was shocked at how long pedestrians have to wait for traffic light changes in Sydney.

Noam Chomsky delivered his Sydney Peace Prize lecture at Town Hall on Wednesday reminding the capacity crowd of the importance of challenging inequality and the abuse of power wherever we find it.

Sydney Festival next year will feature shows, seminars and exhibitions reflecting the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal culture at Carriageworks. I'm personally looking forward to a special screening of West Side Story, with the Sydney Symphony playing Leonard Berstein's brilliant score. Read the full program at

Clover with the winners of the Sydney Rides ChallengeOn Thursday I presented awards to the winners of our inaugural Sydney Rides Challenge (please see photo). 183 businesses and organisations in the City of Sydney and North Sydney local government areas signed up to the Challenge with 3,142 people logging a total of 16,099 trips.

Please join me tomorrow to celebrate the official opening of recently upgraded pocket parks in Newtown and Erskineville. We will start at 11am, at Kirsova 1 Playground, 67 Macdonald Street, Erskineville. From there, we head to Flora & Knight Reserve and Rochford Park, before finishing at Lillian Fowler Reserve on the corner of Angel and Norfolk Streets, Newtown. Look forward to enjoying these lovely parks with you.

Tomorrow night, I'm joining the tenth birthday celebrations for Dank Street Depot, Waterloo. When it opened, a decade ago, the Depot paved the way for a vital new art, food and wine precinct at Dank Street.

Don't forget to book for next Wednesday night's Carbon Price Forum. Our panel includes two Federal Ministers, Greg Combet and Tanya Plibersek, company director Geoffrey Cousins and the Herald's economics editor Ross Gittins. Tickets are free, but you need to book on 02 8256 2222 or at

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