I've asked Roads Minister Duncan Gay to meet with me urgently to discuss Oxford Street's rainbow crossing.
The crossing has been a huge success. Not only has it attracted local and international attention to Taylor Square, the evidence shows that it is a low safety risk.
City staff worked closely with RMS during the planning stages of this project, and no objections were raised at the time. At the last minute RMS included a one month trial period as a condition of the rainbow crossing's approval.
We always hoped that its success and acceptance by local residents, businesses and visitors would convince the RMS and Minster Gay to extend the trail period.
Since it has been installed, RMS officers have congratulated City of Sydney staff on the rainbow crossing. Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch said 'it's very, very visible, it looks great, and in terms of pedestrian safety it's a great innovation'.
Thanks to everyone who has been passionately supporting our latest piece of public art. Many people were even willing to turn up in the pouring rain to show their support when Alex Greenwich MP addressed the media in front of the rainbow crossing on Wednesday morning.
I am continuing to advocate on behalf of the local community, businesses on Oxford Street and 15,000 petitioners who want to see the rainbow crossing made permanent.