Clover's eNews - No 582

The NSW government is proposing to ban the long-standing practice of MPs being able to also serve as local Councillors. I strongly support maintaining the right of an individual to be elected and serve concurrently as a local government Councilor and a Member of Parliament. You the voters should be the ones to decide who represents you, not the government.

If you'd like to read my submission to the government on this issue, please click here. It is available on my website.

Our Chinese New Year Festival is nearly at an end. As ever, the Festival has been a fabulous celebration of Chinese art, music, food, history and culture. Last Sunday night tens of thousands of people lined the City's streets to see the annual Twilight Parade which included hundreds of performers from Sydney, and visiting performers from Chengdu, Beijing and Shanghai.

This evening I'll be opening Women Who Speak - an exhibition of Nancy Ma's ceramic art which explores the dynamics of Chinese women's identities. The exhibition features three series of her work: Her Clothes, Her Life (2007); My Clothes, My Life (2009); and Their Clothes, Their Lives (2011-12). I hope you've enjoyed our Festival and that the Year of the Water Dragon will be an auspicious one for you.

We want a city that offers great options at night for learning, eating, drinking, playing and being entertained. A new program of Library Up Late! events at Customs House Library along with unique ideas like Jurassic Lounge at the Australian Museum are helping create a more diverse night time economy for Sydney. On Tuesday night I launched the first Jurassic Lounge for 2012. I encourage everyone to see what the Museum has to offer after dark.

On Monday there will be an extraordinary Council meeting to endorse plans to move ahead with the next stage of our vision for providing low-pollution energy, heat and water for the City of Sydney - known as trigeneration. Cogent Energy, the City's preferred supplier for trigeneration, will commence a detailed design study of trigeneration options, particularly at Green Square. In the coming months we expected to sign an agreement which will allow work to get underway this year.

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