Clover's eNews - No 594

This week I was pleased to present Bourke Street Public School with a prize of three bikes and helmets for being the most active school in the City of Sydney during this year's National Ride2School Day. Congratulations to the students, parents and teachers on their great work getting children riding bikes to school.

On Tuesday I attended one of my regular meetings with public housing tenants in Waterloo. As always, it was a great chance to discuss important local issues including maintenance, safety and community facilities.

Launching Earth V Sky with artist Allan Giddy

Launching Earth V Sky with artist Allan Giddy

That night I launched Earth V Sky, the City's newest public artwork, at the Glebe Foreshore Walk. Allan Giddy's work inverts the colours of the sunset, turning two magnificent Moreton Bay figs from green to blue to red using LED lights powered by a wind turbine - a zero-pollution way of creating energy.

Wednesday's commemoration of Anzac Day was an important opportunity to honour the courage of those men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our country.

U16s Anzac Day commemoration

U16s Anzac Day commemoration

On Thursday I hosted the Chamber of Commerce Roundtable with business leaders from across the City. We discussed action to support local business and ideas to grow our economy.

Today I was happy to welcome 170 new citizens from 45 different countries at a ceremony in Town Hall. I invited our newest Australian citizens to contribute to our community and hope their backgrounds, experiences and cultures will help enrich our City.

Our third City Talk for 2012 is taking place on Monday night. Poverty Amid Plenty will ask how we can overcome growing inequality without sacrificing our environmental sustainability. Paul Gilding, former CEO of Greenpeace International, will be joined by a panel of experts from politics, economics and sustainability. I want to know what you think about these issues. Please click here to go to my Facebook page where you can suggest questions for the panel or leave your ideas for solutions.

Thank you to everyone who sent me supportive letters and messages following the passage of legislation that prevents people representing their communities at both state and local government levels.face

We are facing some of the biggest challenges of our time and I believe it's vital, if we are to solve these issues, that Sydney remains Independent - free of vested interests.

I am standing for Lord Mayor again in September and need your help to mount a campaign that can match the big parties.

I will be hosting a fundraising event on 19 May at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. I would love to see you there. For more information visit

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