Clover's eNews - No 598

It's time NSW had a container deposit scheme. On Monday, Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and I announced we would be introducing a bill to make this happen.

A traditional Korean hanbok.

South Australia and the Northern Territory already have similar schemes, and, while a national approach would be optimal, we can't sit back and wait.

On Monday night, I was joined by a panel of planning and transport experts and hundreds of members of the public for a City Conversations event about the future of transport in our city.

Our plan to transform George Street by creating more space for pedestrians, better quality open public spaces and an efficient light rail network has received the support of business groups including the Australian National Retailers Association and Tourism & Transport Forum Australia.

It's been said we have a "once in a lifetime consensus" on this issue - it's now time for the State Government to come on board.

This week, I also opened the 2012 CeBIT Conference at Darling Harbour. This is Australia's top conference on information and communication technologies and attracts more than 30,000 visitors to Sydney each year.

In Parliament, I reported on progress on homelessness in our area. It's imperative that all levels of government keep funding ways to end homelessness. I again asked the NSW Government to invest in public and low income housing.

Today, I joined the NSW Police at a round table in Town Hall to discuss local policing issues.

I was also honoured to receive a traditional Korean hanbok (see picture) from members of the city's Korean community and the Sydney Korean Business Association. At the City's celebrations for the Year of the Dragon, I saw a group of women wearing hanbok - a traditional costume worn at important occasions.

On Monday night, our next City Talk tackles encouraging and nurturing a smart Sydney (more below). What one thing would you do to create an environment for innovative projects in Sydney? Share your ideas on my Facebook page.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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