Ultimo - Pyrmont UPTown Festival

(Quarry Green Ultimo)

Thank you, Lorraine and hello, everyone. Thank you, Uncle Max, for your Welcome to Country and I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land. I also acknowledge the Elders, both past and present.

I also acknowledge the Rev Harry Herbert; Tanya Plibersek, Federal Member for Sydney and City Councillors.

It is terrific that the Ultimo-Pyrmont Uptown Festival, a community run event is now in its 30th year.

While it's grown a lot over the years, it's still a festival staged for and by the community. So congratulations to everyone involved, especially the small army of volunteers who always turn out to make sure the festival runs smoothly, and of course to the local working party who plan each festival. The City strongly supports such community events and we have been pleased to provide triennial funding of over $45,000.

Today, there's a terrific line-up of entertainment, much of it supplied by local stars. We've heard the Chinese Seniors' Group but there's also the Ultimo Public School, the Pyrmont Sings choir, the Maybanke Youth Centre group and many others to come.

All the children's ride and entertainment is free; there's a karate club display and the Fire Brigade and NSW Police are also here.

As well, there's a terrific display of historical photographs, which includes some fascinating old images of Ultimo and Pyrmont which will reveal just how dramatically this area has changed.

So I wish you all a wonderful day, and once again, congratulations to everyone who's been involved in creating and keeping this great community tradition for the last 30 years. Thank you.