Clover's eNews - No 596

City Talk - Poverty Amid Plenty

This week started in a Surry Hills cul-de-sac, complete with a terrific ukulele duo called Aubrey and Purton (see picture), festive bunting strapped across the street and an assortment of second hand clothes, posters, records and even a foosball table.

We were starting the third Garage Sale Trail, an event that's inspired people across the country out of the house, on bikes or on foot, to meet neighbours, enjoy the weekend and pick up some great finds.

Our first Sydney food truck Cantina Mobil was on hand for the launch - I can vouch for their delicious Mexican food. Another truck, the Veggie Patch, was out last night for a sustainable food event. There will be more soon, with Council voting on more development applications for food truck sites on Monday night.

This week, I spoke in the Parliament on the need for infrastructure and transport planning alongside urban renewal areas, the need for late night trains and shuttle busses in Kings Cross, and supported a bill calling for restrictions to ammunition purchases.

Attending the opening night of Bach Eternal at the City Recital Hall in Angel Place was a privilege and a lovely respite. Next week, we're back in the Council with a very full agenda including the draft Development Control Plan, funding for cultural festivals and a budget with almost $1b worth of projects over the next decade.

On Thursday night, I awarded TAFE Ultimo visual merchandising students, who had worked with Redfern retailers to spruce up the shopfronts on Redfern and Regent Streets - see below for more.

On Monday May 21, we host a City Conversation on our plans to transform the centre of the city. If there was one thing you could do to transform the centre of our city, what would it be? Let me know on my Facebook page.

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