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The facts of the matter

Telling it like it is

You may have heard, seen or read about certain topics regarding the City of Sydney in the media recently.

In this section we've provided the facts in relation to current topics about us in the media.

Read about the real facts surrounding the matters that concern you.

The Sydney Media Centre is our official media site, designed to provide journalists and other media professionals with images and current information about the City.

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Responses to media reports

City of Sydney statement on City Engagement staff

20 September 2013

The City of Sydney has a statutory obligation to inform all residents in its Local Government Area of its actions and operations, the majority of which emanate from decisions of Council.

The facts about numbers of bike riders

18 September 2013

Latest independent counts in the City of Sydney conducted across 100 intersections show the number of people riding bikes over the past three years has more than doubled.

Cleveland Street upgrade

18 April 2013

Works in the precinct involve new footpaths, street lighting and street furniture to support outdoor dining in one of Sydney’s most vibrant dining strips.

Oxford Street Rainbow Crossing

27 February 2013

The cost to install Oxford Street’s Rainbow Crossing includes paint and traffic management on the night, road safety audits before and after, video surveillance, Variable Message Boards and RMS Traffic crossing markings.

Prince Alfred Park Pool

11 January 2013

The City of Sydney is doing everything it can to get the Prince Alfred Park Pool open. The latest information from the contractor indicates that we may be in a position to open the pool in mid-2013.

LED lighting in central Sydney

13 December 2012

We are installing energy efficient LED lighting across central Sydney to provide brighter lighting in parks and streets. This lighting will also slash electricity costs and carbon pollution.

Car share parking spaces

19 November 2012

Car share has more than tripled in the local area to 10,800 members over the past three years, easing traffic congestion, freeing up parking and saving residents $21 million a year.

Bike pump trial

18 October 2012

The number of bike trips has grown 82 per cent over the past two years. As many of the riders are new to cycling, they’re being caught out without a bike pump and the city centre lacks service stations to pump up flat tyres.

The City and parking fines

11 October 2012

Parking fine levels are set by the NSW Government and generally rise each year in line with inflation. About one third of the revenue collected by the City from parking enforcement goes to the NSW Government.

Response to reports about Kings Cross

19 July 2012

Kings Cross faces some large and complex challenges. In addition to the actions that council can do directly, we want to work closely with the NSW Government, business and residents to make a difference in Kings Cross. We can’t do this alone. We need to work together on many actions to improve this situation.

CCTV cameras in Kings Cross

12 July 2012

The installation of CCTV cameras is traditionally a NSW Government function, however over the last 10 years the City of Sydney has stepped in to ensure cameras were installed to support police, after a lack of funding by the state.

Buy Nothing New month

26 June 2012

Buy Nothing New month is not a City event or campaign. It is a national campaign supported by charity groups, including the Brotherhood of St Lawrence.

Bourke Road cycleway

17 April 2012

An independent review of environmental factors surrounding the Bourke Road cycleway supported the City's work and found no significant environmental impacts.

Cars in central Sydney

6 March 2012

Congestion costs businesses and residents across Sydney $3.7 billion a year. This cost is expected to nearly double to $7.8 billion by 2020 if we do nothing.

Response to reports about Bourke Road cycleway

23 December 2011

No reports of any accidents resulting in death or serious injury on the Bourke Road cycleway are available. Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA) statistics show that since the cycleway opened in March 2010 traffic accidents have decreased.

The City's response to reports about public complaints

16 December 2011

The public made just 44 complaints about the City of Sydney between July 2010 to June 2011 – which works out at just 2.4 complaints for every 10,000 residents.

City Rangers and parking fines

22 September 2011

City of Sydney rangers do not, and have never been paid a bonus based on the value of parking fines they issue each year. The City has never imposed a quota system, nor linked bonuses to the value of fines issued.

Smartpole intellectual property rights

17 July 2011

The City of Sydney is pursuing ongoing court proceedings involving Screetscape for between $6 and $8 million in royalties owed plus interest plus legal costs.

Voting in City of Sydney Council elections

29 June 2011

All businesses in the City of Sydney Local Government Area already have a say in City of Sydney elections. There is a non-residential vote set out in the City of Sydney Act.

Building cycleways in the city centre

20 June 2011

None of the inner city cycleway routes identified in media reports are new. Council adopted the masterplan for its bike network back in 2007.

The use of cycleways

25 May 2011

The most recent bike count shows a 60 per cent average increase in the AM period and an average 48 per cent increase during the PM period over the past year.

Last updated: Friday, 10 January 2014