At Council this week, we approved plans to take the city off the coal-fired grid - powering low carbon precincts with trigeneration. It's one of our most significant achievements.
We also committed to creating Australia's biggest building-mounted solar installation, which will generate 12.5 per cent of the electricity needs of our properties, and approved public exhibition of an ambitious new water plan to drought proof the city.
In what was a huge agenda, we also approved financial support for the Sydney Writers Festival, the Yabun festival, Australia Day, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Dictionary of Sydney and the Woop! Rolling Festival, as well as local business groups including Walsh Bay Arts & Commerce and the 2010 Business Partnership.
Last weekend, I reopened the wonderful El Alamein fountain in Kings Cross (see picture with El Alamein digger Joe Magelan, HBS project manager Josh Ebdon and metalworker Denis Williams).
The area has some serious issues on Friday and Saturday nights (see below) and I joined a panel organised by FBI Radio and Time Out magazine to discuss the issues on Wednesday night. But the other side of the coin is a local neighbourhood with a terrifically strong sense of community.
I joined locals for a walk through the Eternity Playhouse (the former Burton Street Tabernacle) - Darlinghurst Theatre Company will move across from the Reg Murphy Centre next year (we'll be calling for expressions of interest for Reg Murphy soon). I also joined locals at Sydney Park for a pop-up farm information day, ahead of the City Farm.
With a crowd of 150 volunteers, I planted a tree in the parklands alongside the Glebe foreshore for National Tree Day - a total 3500 seedlings were planted.
(See picture on the street with two locals on their way to a gig.)
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I hope you're having a great weekend!