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Sydneysiders create giant human progress flag to welcome WorldPride 2023

Nearly 1,000 Sydneysiders have created a giant human progress flag on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to mark the 44th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and to send a message of welcome to the world as Sydney gears up to host WorldPride in 2023.

Meet your new councillors

Amid lots of Council inductions, getting access to their Council emails and trying to recruit staff, two of the new City of Sydney councillors found time to introduce themselves this month.

City of Sydney’s line-up decided

Clover Moore was declared lord mayor of the City of Sydney Council on December 21, 2021. Having served the city in this pivotal role...

Local Government Elections 2021 – City of Sydney

The NSW local government elections will be held on Saturday, December 4. Candidates from six parties responded to three key prompts on progress, community...

New OzHarvest market offers food relief to locals

WATERLOO: A former local grocery store in the Waterloo Estate has been transformed into a food relief market to support the vulnerable community in...

Christmas comes to you in Sydney’s villages

Christmas concerts and celebrations for you and your family will spread the joy of the festive season across Sydney’s villages this year. There’s a live...

Clover Moore Independent candidates for City of Sydney Council

Meet Clover Moore and the Clover Moore Independent team candidates for 2016 City of Sydney Council elections.

The future of the Bays Precinct

The Bays Precinct was the focus of an international summit at the Australian Technology Park on November 19 and 20. World-leading urban renewal experts talked about the best ways to revitalise the 80 hectares of state-owned public land, bordering Sydney’s inner harbour from Sydney Fish Markets west to White Bay.

Ten years as Lord Mayor – An interview with Clover Moore

Congratulations on a decade as Lord Mayor. Had you always wanted to be Lord Mayor of Sydney? My start in local politics was aimed at...

Launch of safe injecting centre renovations

KINGS CROSS: Tuesday March 18 saw the launch of new renovations at the Sydney MSIC (Medically Supervised Injecting Centre), along with a new book detailing the history of the service.

Why is this happening? State government neighbourhood sell-off

Resident groups in Millers Point and The Rocks are protesting the state government’s plans to sell more than 300 homes. The public housing sell-off is widely considered a sell-out with regard to community and heritage values. The announcement by Community Services Minister Pru Goward to evict an entire community has bought disparate groups together, along with many concerned residents and citizens.

Proposed drunken violence laws stir up debate

Parliament is set to be recalled early to consider a package of legislative reforms, which could be in place by early 2014. The proposed changes...

Larger-than-life women herald a unique corroboree

The 20-metre high sandstone façade of the Australian Museum was transformed last month with images of larger-than-life Aboriginal women to celebrate the inaugural Corroboree Sydney festival. The striking, over-sized projection artwork, by Sydney-based Wiradjuri artist Nicole Foreshew, featured striking, moving-images of women draped in cloth.

New hopes for the next Mardi Gras

Surry Hills Police Local Area Commander, Superintendent Tony Crandell, promises a safer Mardi Gras experience for the sex and gender diverse community in 2014.

Road test for new braille street signs

The City of Sydney is road testing a new network of street signs designed to make the streets easier and safer for people with vision impairments. Prototype tactile street signs with location information in braille and raised lettering have been on display at Alfred Place so people who rely on them to get around can give the City feedback about the user experience.

Putting a value on litter

April saw a series of colourful events across Sydney and beyond, highlighting the problem of litter and waste. The tour started with the dumping of 4,000 drink containers in Martin Place (with the support of City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore). It continued to a number of community “can kicking” events in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, and finished with an attempt to net and remove waste from Darling Harbour which was thwarted by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

Jarjum College opens amid hopes and concerns

REDFERN: Jarjum College, a new independent Catholic school for Indigenous children, was officially opened on April 12 before a crowd of over 500 people. On the site of the former St Vincent’s Presbytery in Redfern Street an old building has been transformed into a small school with a current intake of 20 students.

Young talent on show in Martin Place

Enjoy a free lunchtime concert, Live in Martin Place, on Friday April 12, with some of the city’s best up-and-coming young musicians performing special acoustic shows.

Ancient culture, contemporary art

REDFERN: On Saturday March 23, Eora Journey (“the People’s Journey”), a public art program celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture and heritage, was launched at the Redfern Community Centre.

Stronger into the future – Yabun 2013

On January 26, Survival Day, over 10,000 people united at Victoria Park to celebrate Australia’s Aboriginal heritage. Yabun is the biggest one-day Aboriginal festival in Australia and it proved the best place to be for the national holiday.

Laughing in the library

Following the success of the Surry Hills Late-Night Library, the City of Sydney has programmed a series of free after-hours cultural events to bring workers, locals and visitors into the City’s libraries at a time that works for them. This Late-Night Library initiative will see Newtown, Surry Hills, Kings Cross and Customs House Libraries host an eclectic selection of late-night talks, comedy acts and films to run from now until April next year.

High tea in the outdoors

DARLINGTON: On Sunday November 25, Charlie’s Garden in Charles Kernan Reserve (corner of Abercrombie and Shepherd streets) celebrated the grand opening of their new shed with sculptural features made by Wrought Artworks, the heritage blacksmiths at the Australian Technology Park. Lord Mayor Clover Moore, long-time supporter of the garden, was special guest for a high tea hosted by performer Ru Bella.

Regions, not local councils, to rule on planning

Last year, the O’Farrell government announced it will change NSW’s planning laws and has floated a Green Paper (an ideas paper) setting out the direction of the new legislation and asking for comments. Prior to the Green Paper, there was a bipartisan enquiry into planning that made 374 recommendations, including the need for a focus on Environmentally Sustainable Development.

Community demands better planning

REDFERN: On Tuesday October 23 a community meeting was held at the Redfern Town Hall on the state government’s proposed changes to the planning laws. The meeting was organised by the Better Planning Network (BPN), an affiliation of more than 70 community and environmental groups concerned about the proposals. Around 150 people attended the meeting and were addressed by local councillors and representatives of the BPN.

Ashmore Precinct update – Erko project approved

ERSKINEVILLE: The Central Sydney Planning Committee has granted approval to Leighton Properties’ development application (DA) for its Erko residential project, the first development in the Ashmore Precinct. This go-ahead gives concept approval for the entire site and for the design and construction of stage 1 works.

Sitting Member’s last stand

The following is an extract of Clover Moore’s final speech as Member for Sydney. The speech to the Legislative Assembly was given on Wednesday September 19 before a packed public gallery. Ms Moore was obliged to decide between keeping the Lord Mayoralty after her re-election in early September, or staying in state parliament, after Premier Barry O’Farrell pushed laws through parliament banning sitting MPs from also working in local government.

New councillors for City of Sydney

City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor since 2004, Clover Moore, has been returned as Lord Mayor with 51 per cent of the mayoral vote, down from 56 per cent in 2008. Apart from Clover Moore only Robert Kok and Irene Doutney will return from the previous council, while Robyn Kemmis returns to council after a term’s absence.

Community television anniversary

REDFERN: CTV1 was Australia’s first cable TV station and launched in 1987. The channel was located in the basement of the McKell Building in Redfern and was unique, in that anyone could walk in the door and learn the skills required to work in front of or behind the camera.

Art home away from home

Back in 2001, a collective of young artists eager to offer a more low-key approach to art decided to take over a run-down workshop in Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, which came to be known as the Knot Gallery & the Frequency Lab. But after five years of hosting art exhibitions, concerts (hip-hop band The Herd played there, amongst many others), spoken word performances, and generally being a social and gathering place, the team had to drop the curtain and was left without a space.

Juanita Nielson Centre to be renovated

WOOLLOOMOOLOO: The heritage-listed Juanita Nielson Centre is set to undergo a major makeover in 2014 in an effort to meet the changing demands of its residents and users. Owned and operated by the City of Sydney since 1984, the centre located on the corner of Dowling and Nicholson streets, provides a space for recreation for residents in the Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross areas.

A place of their own

WATERLOO: South Sydney has a stunning new landmark with the Waterloo Youth Family Community Centre opened by Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP and Federal Member for Sydney the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP at a celebration on Saturday August 11.

Behind small bars

REDFERN: With the opening of several small bars on Redfern and Regent streets in recent months, such as the Dock or Arcadia Liquors, Redfern has developed a reputation as the new small bar hotspot. But what draws these bar owners to Redfern and what does it say about Redfern and its inhabitants?

A debate not so uplifting

On August 23 the 11,000-signature petition initiated by Lift Redfern was brought to NSW Parliament for debate. Lift Redfern, representing local businesses and residents, Aboriginal groups and arts groups, had worked tirelessly over recent months to create awareness and push for lifts to be installed at Redfern station. Group members observed the debate from the public gallery.

A farm in your backyard

ST PETERS: On a sunny Saturday in July the City of Sydney held an open information day for its newest community project, the City Farm. Hundreds of people turned out for the City Farm Community Day in Sydney Park on July 28 where visitors embraced the fruit and plant giveaways, and gardening demonstrations from Angus Stewart of ABC’s Gardening Australia.

Celebrating the life of Joyce Ingram

Pastor Peter Walker and Paul Morris led the service on The Block, attended by hundreds who came to pay their respects to an Aboriginal...

The people behind the SSH

Dorothy McRae-McMahon is a minister-in-association at the church and the features editor. “When we began the paper around a decade ago, we felt that...

Greening Balmain – an interview with Jamie parker MP

For Mr Parker, his success was an important step in marking out the future of the people in his electorate and working towards social...