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COUNCILLOR CRAIG CHUNG

 
Community Newsletter
Calling on Clover to open our facilities 

Over the past few weeks the City has focused on reopening and welcoming back people to the CBD. Local businesses have been strongly encouraged by both the City and State Government to explore ways to re-activate the CBD after a long and difficult period.

I am concerned however, that the City of Sydney is not focused on doing this itself. Our libraries, pools and community centres have not yet returned to full operating hours and some have not reopened at all. Meanwhile most other Councils have completely opened up their facilities for community use.

Libraries and Community Centres are important spaces for the community, where people can access a safe and reliable space, where they can access resources and connect with each other. It is disappointing to see that the City of Sydney is dragging it's feet to reopen these facilities given that there is no covid rule that is preventing the City from doing so.

I have called upon and will continue to call on Clover Moore and the City staff to reopen these facilities to the community. If the current covid rules allow it, the Council should make it a priority to do so. We need to reopen these facilities to get the community back together. 

Click
HERE to see my recent visit to Waterloo Library

Al Fresco City

At our last Council meeting, I had a motion before Council to remove the need for a DA for street dining. I was pleased that see that the State Government and City of Sydney agree with me and have announced the 'Al Fresco Dining' collaboration.

This program has been launched to fast track street dining applications for small businesses in the City of Sydney. This will create more dining space and allow more guests to attend restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes whilst enjoying the summer weather.

I have called on the City to guarantee a time frame for approval of these applications. Please let me know if the city drags its feet.

The City of Sydney has also contributed $5 million alongside the State Government's $15 million to support outdoor entertainment throughout the city.

This collaboration will help bring visitors back to the CBD and enjoy what our city has to offer. I look forward to seeing the city come alive after a really difficult year. 

View my motion
HERE

CanRevive Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Each year I host a recognition ceremony for the CanRevive volunteers in the Council Chambers at Town Hall. This year we had to do it a little differently..

COVID19 has changed many things for all of us and the suspension of the annual recognition ceremony for CanRevive volunteers is no different. What hasn't changed though is the commitment and dedication the volunteers continue to display throughout this difficult time.

I was pleased to pass on these certificates to recognise these volunteers - some had even reached 25 years of service to the community! Congratulations to all of the recipients.

Catching up with Business Chambers

I have recently been meeting with various small business chambers to hear of their efforts to keep their local business community united during the past year.

It is amazing to hear of the creativity and passion that remains within these chambers to keep businesses supported and afloat. Now that we are on the road to recovery, it was great to see the initiatives created by these chambers to entice visitors back to these once-thriving districts.

The presidents and active members of these chambers are supported mostly by passion and it is clear that without adequate funding from the City of Sydney, these chambers are not able to reach their full potential. It is a shame that the City reduced funding a few years ago and now more than ever, that funding could assist the chambers who know the business community best. 

I look forward to working with these chambers further and exploring ways that they can best serve their local community. 
24 Hour Economy Strategy

I welcome the 24 Hour Economy Strategy that was recently released by the State Government.

I am pleased that this has been a result of the last year's inquiry by the Joint Select Committee on Sydney's Night Time Economy where I provided evidence as a Councillor with night time economy industry experience.

Watch my announcement
HERE or read the Strategy HERE

Modern Meetings

Instead of holding all of my zoom meetings in the office, I have been finding a quiet spot at a local cafe and logging in to my meeting there.

I am pleased to support these businesses while we still elect to hold virtual meetings. If you wish to join me for a cuppa to talk about a matter within the City of Sydney, please reach out
HERE

Watch:
October Council Wrap
The Drum 13 September 2020
Baby Pet Studio Opening
If you have any issues or concerns within the City of Sydney, feel free to contact me at cchung@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au 

Kind regards,
Craig

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What's On

The Rocks Walking Tours
WHEN: Every day, all day until 1 March
WHERE: Harrington Street, The Rocks
Click
HERE for more info

Recycling Pop Up at Broadway
WHEN: Saturday 14 November 1pm - 3pm
WHERE: Broadway Shopping Centre, Ultimo
Click
HERE for more info

Van Gogh Alive
WHEN: Until 20 December 2020
WHERE: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

Click HERE for more info

Contact Councillor Craig Chung:
cchung@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
P: +612 9246 7375 | M: +61 412 605 597

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