(6pm Wednesday 17 Oct 2012, Darling House, Dawes Point)
Thank you, Jim (Warren, Chairman) and good evening everyone.
I'd like to acknowledge the original custodians of our land, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present, and I acknowledge the people of the 200 nations who live in our city.
As Lord Mayor of Sydney I have the honour of being patron of this wonderful facility - and the chance to come and talk with you each year. I'm delighted to have been re-elected for a third term and to be able to join you once again in these beautiful surroundings.
The recent elections demonstrated the strong support from the City community for the work we have been doing to ensure our city is sustainable - in every sense of the word. This involves not only implementing strategies for green infrastructure, building a network of cycleways, and advocating for better transport - it also involves ensuring our city is a liveable one for the young and the old.
Darling House provides the kind of community based aged-care that is so important to this. The board is drawn from the local community, and local businesses and organisations very generously assist Darling House in providing this comfortable and welcoming accommodation.
The philosophy is that residents should find the security, comfort, independence and grace of living that the elderly deserve - a philosophy that should be embraced by all.
One of the many joys of living in Sydney is the great number of opportunities to take part in activities and connect with others around us. Every six months the City puts out its GOLD booklet, containing a wealth of things to do. There's zumba classes, language lessons, choirs, social dancing, gentle exercising, scuba diving, art groups, theatre, festivals and more. If you haven't yet seen the latest edition of this booklet, I'd encourage you to get a copy - they are in most local community centres - and they contain so many ideas for making the most of all that Sydney has to offer, not all dangerous!
Thank you for having me here this evening and I'll look forward to seeing you all again next year.