On Wednesday morning I was proud to officially open the Property Industry Foundation House in Regent Street, Redfern.
Seven young people who have previously been homeless or who are financially vulnerable will live in the house as they make the transition to a more stable life, to completing their education and a future career in the property industry.
This project was jointly funded by the City of Sydney and the Property Industry Foundation and the service will be run by the Salvation Army's Oasis Youth Support Network. A huge amount of work and good will went in to making PIF House a reality, and it is a great example of what can be achieved when business, local government and charity work together.
(Photo: Property Industry Foundation CEO Rosemary Smithson, National Chairman Victor Hoog Antick and PIF House Pioneer Brendan Crotty at the opening)
This week I held my regular meeting with Surry Hills social housing tenants to get action on concerns raised by tenants from Police, the City and Housing NSW. We've been meeting since I was first elected as an MP in 1988, and I am proud of how we've been able to improve safety, amenity and build a stronger community. Tenants surprised me with a cake and poem to say thanks, which was humbling and moving. Thanks to the Surry Hills Public Tenants Association for organising such a lovely surprise.
(Photo: the humour and spirit of the Surry Hills public housing community - after we fought for years to get them a public toilet, they gave me this cake.)
I am finalising my submission on the Companion Animal Taskforce, which is due on Sunday. I recommend you make a submission as I don't believe Taskforce recommendations will achieve the significant cuts to the shocking annual destruction of tens of thousands of unwanted pets every year needed. You can make a submission here http://bit.ly/KP5lPB
This morning I opened the City of Sydney's Annual Business Awards. I heard some inspiring stories from our local business community, not least of which was Ron Allum, Director of Deepsea Systems, who built a submarine which carried Titanic Director James Cameroon to the bottom of the ocean. Ron has built a success business here in Sydney that is earning a global reputation.
This morning I also joined a terrifically diverse group of speakers for fastBREAK, a monthly event at the Powerhouse Museum. The theme was "Stuffed" and I said while cities are driving climate change, they also give us our best chance for turning it around. Simply put, we need to get stuffed. City living is good for creativity, innovation and for energy efficiency. But we need to make sure our cities are beautiful, great places to live. That's our challenge.
I need your help to tackle this and other challenges. On September 8 our community will vote for a new Council and I'm campaigning to keep Sydney Independent so we can continue our important work to improve parks and open space, to make it easier and more pleasant to move around in the city, to reduce our impact on the environment and to help our arts and cultural industries thrive. There's no doubt that this work will be at risk if the major political parties were to control the city.
The Clover Moore Independent Team is holding a fundraising dinner at The Eight Modern Chinese Restaurant in Haymarket on Friday 20 July. As an Independent Team we don't have the war chests that the big parties pull out for elections, instead we really on community donations.
Your support at this time is vital. Please visit www.clovermoore.com.au/rsvp to join me at this very important event.
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I hope you have a great weekend!