For the record: homelessness and community support

Despite homelessness being a state government responsibility, the City of Sydney invests $1.4 million a year through NSW Family and Community Services to help people experiencing it. Supported housing is among the services to receive funding.

The City is the only council with a dedicated homelessness unit, and our staff work face to face with rough sleepers seven days a week, linking them with appropriate services while managing the amenity of the public space.  

The City spends about $19 million a year on community support services and social programs.

The City spends more than $330 million a year to keep Sydney moving 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Every single day, we deliver high-quality services, facilities and events to more than 195,000 residents, 20,000 businesses and for one million workers and visitors.

We deliver vital services to make people’s lives easier, from running a network of libraries, street cleansing, maintaining roads, assessing development applications, collecting waste and recycling, maintaining parks, playgrounds and gardens, sports venues and community centres.

The City works hard to enhance its reputation as Australia’s premier city on a global level by fostering and providing small business support; delivering major redevelopment projects; making sure the City’s many beautiful buildings, landmarks and heritage are preserved; funding major events such as the Sydney Festival, the Sydney Mardi Gras, Biennale and the Sydney Writers’ Festival and producing internationally acclaimed events such as Sydney New Year’s Eve, Art & About and Chinese New Year.

But we do not neglect core council responsibilities.

Each year we spend $53.7 million on cleansing and waste, including household garbage collections, street cleaning and graffiti removal.

Each year the City invests about $50 million repairing and upgrading roads and footpaths, and over the past 10 years we have invested $262 million upgrading roads, streetscapes footpaths and walkways across Central Sydney and our villages.

Around $35 million is invested each year upgrading and maintaining more than 400 public parks and open spaces.

The City is fast tracking the development of six new childcare centres by 2016 with $36 million being invested and $20 million set aside for more new centres in future.

We are successfully working with government and private sector partners to deliver major projects like Green Square, Johnstons Creek parklands, Sydney Light Rail and new childcare facilities.

The City is investing $440 million in essential infrastructure and community projects for Green Square, including new roads, parks, an aquatic centre, a library and more.

And we are contributing $220 million to support the NSW Government’s light rail project with major public domain upgrades, new paving, lighting, trees, and street furniture.

The City is currently working on 400 projects as part of our record $1.94 billion ten-year capital works program, which are at various stages of planning, design or implementation.

The City purchased the former T2 nightclub at Taylor Square in 2010 with the unanimous support of Council. This is part of our efforts to help reactivate the daytime economy in Oxford Street and make the area safer.

The City has been working on designs to transform the building into a community and bike hub, including a café with outdoor seating, studio and retail. Construction is expected to begin on the project early next year and be completed in 2017.

The property was bought for $6.49 million. To ensure the City gets value for money, an estimate of the cost cannot be given out until tenders for the work have been finalised.

Last updated: Monday, 25 May 2015