On Monday, I re-opened the Sydney Aquarium after a $10 million upgrade. The Aquarium helps conserve our marine life by educating the community, particularly children, about the importance of protecting our oceans and coasts. This is a major investment in Sydney's tourism market and I hope it draws local and international visitors to our city centre.
Have you visited Art & About yet? This year there are some outstanding artworks and exhibitions spread across our city and villages. If you've taken photos, please share them on my facebook page.
Speaking of sharing pictures, if you've seen something good going on in your neighbourhood - take a photo and share it on the City's new website, The Good Hood, which collects great eco-friendly ideas and deeds www.thegoodhood.com.au
There are different categories you can put your 'good deed' in, and the best contributions will win a dinner for 20 at community dining favourite Table for 20 in Surry Hills, and the Green & Go winner will enjoy $1,000 worth of car-share travel with GoGet.
The annual Voiceless Writing Prize encourages writers to explore issues of animal protection, ethics and welfare. This year, Nobel Prize winning author J.M Coetzee was the chair of the judging panel, which also included Voiceless co-founder, Ondine Sherman; Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Susan Wyndham; and immediate past Director of the Sydney Writers Festival, Dr Wendy Were.
Hundreds of entries have been edited down to an anthology that is now available as an e-book (the print edition will be available in December). All proceeds support the work Voiceless does to protect animals.
I'd like to once again to thank you for your fantastcic support over the past week. I've received hundreds of letters and emails congratulating our team on the successful City of Sydney election and also voicing their sadness and anger about my forced resignation from the NSW Parliament. Your support means a lot to me.