Community Newsletter
I'm pleased to bring you a snapshot of some of the work I have been doing here in Sydney...

Livestreaming at City of Sydney

After a long battle, I am pleased to announce that my long-term campaign to introduce Live Streaming of Council and Committee at the City of Sydney has finally come to a positive end. 

Over the past 3 years I moved 9 motions urging Council to adopt live streaming only to be voted down every time by the Clover More Political party. This is Secret Sydney with the Lord mayor dragged kicking and screaming to the transparency table.

After making representations to the NSW Government, I am pleased that the Minister made live streaming mandatory for all Councils.

Access to Live streaming of Council meetings makes the decision making process more transparent, and to make it easier for residents and businesses to access Council. I welcome this long-awaited feature.

Watch Council and Committee meetings HERE

Return and Earn

In March 2018, I asked Council to look for a site to install a Return and Earn kiosk so people could recycle their drink containers and receive a 10c container deposit. It has only taken 2 years (along with regular requests for updates and persistence for an outcome) to find a location but I am pleased to announce that the City will finally be installing a reverse vending machine kiosk this month (February) at the City’s Kings Cross Ward Avenue car park.

The Reverse Vending machines can quickly redeem up to 500 containers at once and provide a variety of options to be refunded by electronic funds transfer, donating to a charity, or collecting a retail refund voucher that you can exchange for cash or in-store credit.

Clover Moore/Labor Tax Hike

The Clover Moore/Labor alliance is proposing to triple the development contributions for any DA over $200,000 in value. This directly impacts small and family business and home owners in central Sydney by putting yet another financial hurdle in the way of establishing a viable small business.

At Monday’s Council meeting I proposed a sliding scale method where projects between $250,000 and $500,000 were levied 1% of development costs, projects from $500,000 to $1 million contribute 2% and projects over $1 million contributed 3%. This would lessen the tax burden on small and family businesses who create jobs and boost the economy and at the same time make sure big developers pay their fair share. Sydney will still get a significant increase in overall contributions for the purposes of public infrastructure but lessens the impact for those who can least afford it.

I spoke with Liv Casben from ABC News about the
amendment I made to the Draft Central Sydney Development Contributions Plan at last Monday's Council meeting. I reminded ABC viewers about the impact of the Lock Out Laws, dwindling night time economy, light rail construction and now Corona Virus has had on small business. Why would we triple the contributions tax on those who are trying to revive the economy in Sydney?

I also spoke with the Sydney Morning Herald reminding readers that the plan is on exhibition and to get submissions in as soon as possible.

I welcome the opportunity for residents and small businesses to have their say on this plan. To be notified when the Draft Central Sydney Planning Strategy is on exhibition for public comment, click

HammondCare Darlinghurst

Thank you Peter for giving me the opportunity to the visit the new HammondCare Facility at Darlinghurst ahead of its opening in March 2020. This unique 42 bed facility is a residential aged care service for older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, providing high levels of care for complex health needs.

It will provide a permanent home and specialised care for frail older people with a lived experience of homelessness. The facility has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a unique apartment-style design to accommodate the individual needs of each resident.

It is rare that a facility such as this goes from DA stage in 2017 to completion during a single Council term so I am thrilled that the service will be open next week. I am looking forward to visiting again in the coming months.

this video to see where it began

Homelessness StreetCount

Thanks City of Sydney Homelessness unit for another well run Homeless Street Count. Now in its 12th year, the street count uses 200 volunteers to count the number of people sleeping rough in our city to help formulate policy and action to end homelessness. The NSW Government has now extended the street count to 300 locations around NSW as a part of the partnership with Institute of Global Homelessness and City of Sydney to work towards zero rough sleepers in our city.
Support Small Businesses in Chinatown 

Small business around Sydney is reeling from the effects of the lock out laws, the flagging night time economy, light rail construction and now the Coronavirus. When I have been visiting the Chinatown/Haymarket area, I am saddened to see the ripple effects this virus has had on these small businesses. 

The Chief Medical Officer has said that if you haven't been to China recently or been in contact with someone who has been to China recently, then there is very little risk for you here in Sydney.

Come out and support the restaurants, cafes, shops and other small businesses around Sydney.

Please visit
NSW HEALTH to receive relevant and accurate information. 
The Drum 14th February
If you have any issues or concerns within the City of Sydney, feel free to contact me at 

Kind regards,

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The Grounds Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Experience
WHEN: Every Day until 22 March
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Botanic Gardens Scavenger Hunt
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Old Darlinghurst Gaol Tours
WHEN: Tuesdays and Saturdays until 30 May
WHERE: National Art School
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Contact Councillor Craig Chung:
P: +612 9246 7375 | M: +61 412 605 597

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