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Lord Mayor's message

Lord Mayor's message

Creative Sydney

Creative City, our discussion paper, inspired thousands of you to share your ideas with us about broadening Sydney’s cultural life.

Last year, the City directly invested $34 million to Sydney’s creative scene.

We support festivals and events including Sydney New Year’s Eve, Art & About Sydney, Sydney Festival and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. We also support small and local creative projects like Chippendale’s BEAMs festival and the Newtown Festival through our grants and sponsorship program.

We invest in new public art and ensure design excellence for all our projects.

You’ve told us music matters, so we established a taskforce to investigate why live music and performance is disappearing in Sydney and to come up with a plan that would balance the amenity of local residents and support a revival of live music and performance.

New City of Sydney facilities are encouraging creativity to flourish. Eternity Playhouse is now open, giving Darlinghurst Theatre Company a state-of-the-art home.

It’s an important addition to the performing arts precinct, which is developing on the eastern side of the city. The area includes Oxford and William streets, where we are hosting a number of innovative and creative start-ups in City-owned buildings.

Investing in culture is an investment. Creative industries are currently expected to contribute $14.9 billion this year to our economy.

Children looking for fun these holidays will be spoilt for choice. The City of Sydney has some of the best parks, playgrounds and community facilities in the state.

The City is fast-tracking a $55 million program to deliver six new child care centres across the inner city.

Sydney’s major commercial office landlords are saving more than $25 million a year on their electricity bills, thanks to more energy efficient buildings.

Work has started on the extension of the busy Kent Street cycleway, completing a long-awaited link from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Chinatown.

The NSW Government has released an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the South East Light Rail project. The EIS is on public exhibition until 16 December.

We want Sydney to be a vital city for all ages and phases of life. We also want to promote a distinctively Sydney culture that is much a part of our city as our amazing harbour.

It is a culture that could exist nowhere else but in Sydney.

On behalf of the City of Sydney, Councillors and staff, I wish you a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

Last updated: Wednesday, 27 November 2013