Clover's eNews - No 573

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It's hard to believe but Christmas is already fast approaching. On Monday I helped launch and light the St Vincent's Hospital 'Tree of Life' Christmas Appeal.

Clover Moore standing in front of David Cross's Taylor Square installation Drift.

The Tree of Life offers people making donations to the Hospital's Cancer Program the opportunity to "light up a light" and dedicate a Christmas message to a loved one.

On Tuesday I met with Mayors and General Managers from Ashfield, Leichhardt, North Sydney, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils as part of our Inner City Mayors Forum. During the meeting, City staff presented information on our Streetshare program and our Late Night Economy Discussion Paper.

This week we celebrated contributions by the community and business towards a sustainable future. I hosted the CitySwitch awards and presented international legal practice Norton Rose Australia and Knight Frank's property management office with awards for outstanding office energy efficiency.

CitySwitch is Australia's leading office energy efficiency program operating in 130 tenancies occupying more than 880,000 square metres of office space in NSW.

I also congratulated participants in the City's Green Champions program at another event on Thursday night. The Green Champions program helps local residents reduce energy use and improve waste and recycling rates.

The dedication and community spirit of the residents who have taken the time to learn new skills and share them with their neighbours is inspiring.

I hosted our regular Woolloomooloo Public Housing Tenant Meetings, one of a series of meetings allowing City staff and I the chance to discuss issues of concern directly with public housing tenants.

I also opened the new Kings Cross car market, a place where backpackers can sell their unwanted vans. Dozens of buyers have been through the market and already two vans have been sold in the first three days of operation.

Thursday evening I launched Drift (pictured), a giant, inflatable, yellow sculpture, the first of four works from our Taylor Square Art program - We Make This City. Curated by Margaret Farmer from the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of NSW's College of Fine Arts, the four works will delight and challenge visitors to Taylor Square over the summer months. I encourage you to experience 'Drift' over the next four weeks.

If you have not done so, please donate to the Lord Mayor's East Africa Food Crisis Appeal. The UN has described the situation as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. You can find out more or donate at and if you donate by the end of November, the Federal Government will match your donation, dollar for dollar.

I hope to see you on Thursday at our Martin Place Christmas Tree Lighting event or Christmas on the Green in Hyde Park, as well as at one of our Village Christmas concerts over the coming weekends.

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