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Connections with the Community


What a wonderful city we live in. I have been fortunate to meet and develop relationships with so many wonderful and passionate community groups within the City of Sydney. It has been fantastic to see what these community members create and develop for their local interest groups and organisations with the support of the City of Sydney's Grants programs

I look forward to furthering my relationships with these groups and finding more opportunities to connect and collaborate on ideas for a greater Sydney. 

Small Business Marathons

 
Small business marathons are something I love doing. I get to visit hard working, entrepreneurial, driven people who put everything on the line to build and grow their businesses.  Since I have been elected, I have made an effort to meet with as many of them as I can, trying to cover an area at a time. Through this I have discovered the diversity of talent and creativity that Sydney holds. The Small Business Marathons present me the opportunity to have face to face conversations with local business owners and discuss issues that the City should be fixing.

It is incredibly important that the City knows what issues local businesses are facing so that they can be addressed and supported to improve our City. 

In the Media


The media holds a fascination with the City of Sydney - and so it should. Sydney is the gateway to Australia, producing almost 10% of Australia's GDP, with 1,000,000 people at any one time working, living, studying or visiting the wonderful harbour city - this is a great place. I have had some great opportunities to talk about the issues that I care about through the print, digital and broadcast media. My regular appearances on ABC's The Drum gives me a broader platform, but smaller and more local media also allows me to speak directly to the community.

Transparency


The last two years have been a long battle for the war on transparency at City council. The City of Sydney is notorious for it's secrecy and I have been determined for the public to have full access to the decisions made at Council. Until live streaming is made available, I have introduced the 'Council Wrap' each month on my Facebook page which is a quick and clear summary of decisions made at Council.

I am pleased to say that since I was elected in 2016, there has been progress in the battle for a more transparent City of Sydney. I have been campaigning for this since I was elected to Council and the Clover Moore party has continually denied residents the right to see what happens in the Council chamber using modern technology.

In September, after my 12 month campaign, it was announced that all votes by Councillors would be electronically recorded. I was also delighted that after my constant urging and lobbying, Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton released the long awaited model code of meeting practice including the move to make compulsory for all councils in NSW to live stream council and committee meetings. I have moved eight motions to introduce live streaming of City of Sydney Council meetings since my election in 2016 so this is a victory for my campaign for greater transparency and ending 'Secret Sydney'. 

Fitzroy Gardens Toilets
 

Since November 2017, I have been campaigning for  improved service of the Fitzroy Gardens public toilets in Kings Cross. The Lord Mayor and her team voted against renewing the toilet facilities in Fitzroy Gardens. I worked closely with members of the community to monitor the maintenance of the toilets on a daily basis and after a couple of months of daily inspections we found that; 

- At least one toilet was non-functional 57% of the time. 
- At least two toilets were non-functional 30% of the time.
- All three toilets were non-functional 30% of the time

Since then I have been able to convince the City that the toilets in Fitzroy gardens were unserviceable and needed to be rebuilt. After years of work, we are finally ready to spend a penny. Works will be completed by Christmas (1 wheelchair accessible, 2 mobile accessible). This is a great win for the community who deserve to have consistent and safe access to public toilet amenities. 

Maddox Street 
 

Last year I was approached by John, resident and administrator of the Trucks of Maddox Street Facebook page, who revealed that the residents of the quiet inner city Maddox Street in Alexandria have been putting up with massive disruption and disturbance as oversize trucks ignore local weight limits and illegally use their street as a rat run. The battle for this issue was the delegation of responsibility for infringement, with the Lord Mayor refusing to take action. 

After putting forward multiple motions to Council for clarification of the responsibility of the City of Sydney and the R.M.S on local roads, I was pleased to finally convince the City to allow City Rangers to issue infringement notices to vehicles violating the weight limit on City of Sydney roads. Despite this win, there still continues to be a consistent amount of truck traffic passing through the Maddox Street and surrounding residential areas. In November, The City of Sydney presented the findings of the Traffic Management Study to the RMS and it was determined that the closure of Maddox Street was not supported. This means that the fight is still not over to reduce trucks rat-running through Maddox Street and to make it a safer street for the residents. 

Holiday Contact Details

If you have urgent matters that require the attention of the City of Sydney, please contact council@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9265 9333.

During the Christmas break, please take care of yourself and others in our community. If anyone is in need of assistance, these organisations may be able to help:

Lifeline: 13 11 14
eheadspace: 1800 650 890
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
 
 
Contact Councillor Craig Chung:

cchung@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
 GPO Box 1591 Sydney NSW 2001 
P: +612 9246 7375 | M: +61 412 605 597

 
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