Clover's eNews - No 597

Take a bus down George Street and you will see how frustrating traffic congestion has become. It's costing us $4 billion now and that's set to double before the end of the decade.

Now take a look at our vision for the centre of the city.

On Monday, some of our top staff will join business and government leaders to discuss the vision in a City Conversations talk at the Town Hall - please join us (tickets are free, but you need to register).

At the opening night of An Officer and a Gentleman at the Lyric Theatre.

This week began with some very significant decisions in the Council: a budget with almost a billion dollars allocated for projects across the city over the next decade; and the second half of our City Plan - replacing some 60 documents and policies inherited after various council amalgamations (see more below).

The Council also agreed with my call for the CEO to start developing a cultural policy for the city - and the Council approved funding for some of our biggest festivals, including the Biennale of Sydney and the Sydney Festival.

This morning I attended the grand reopening of Wayside Chapel's terrific new space, following an $8.3 million redevelopment. I also hosted the Australian launch of Springboard, a program to help women entrepreneurs get ahead. Springboard brings together women from a range of backgrounds: angel investors, CEOs, lawyers, accountants and women from chambers of commerce, universities and government.

I've met with the Tourism & Transport Forum, opened the Sydney Writers Festival, hosted China's Consul-General, met up with public housing tenants in Woolloomooloo, taken part in the City's Retail Forum at Customs House and last night Peter and I attended the opening night of An Officer And A Gentleman at The Lyric Theatre (see picture taken by photographer Eva Rinaldi). On Tuesday afternoon, I talked about the city's late night economy research and plans to security guards and venue managers from across the city.

I also met with three of Australia's Climate Commissioners, Professors Tim Flannery and Lesley Hughes, and Gerry Hueston, for a briefing on the projected impacts of climate change on NSW - and opportunities. Sobering stuff, but I was pleased to report on the city's successes and plans for LED street lights, trigeneration, building retrofits and green infrastructure.

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