Community Newsletter
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Elizabeth McCrea Playground is saved!

Last September, a majority of Councillors voted to strip the name "Elizabeth McCrea Playground" to rename it Kepos Zamia Playground. I was particularly disturbed by this action because The Clover Moore Party voted as a block to remove the name of a prominent local woman from the park to replace it with a nondescript street name. One has to wonder at the logic!

The community overwhelmingly supported retaining the name Elizabeth McCrea Playground during consultation but this was ignored by some Councillors, one of whom stated “it’s just a consultation, not a vote”. Indeed, the Council staff recommended retaining the name “Elizabeth McCrea Playground” because over 80% of residents supported retaining to original name.

Following my intervention with the Minister responsible, I referred the matter to the Geographical Names Board (GNB). I am pleased to say that that the GNB has resolved to reject the proposed name of Zamia Kepos Playground and has recommended gazetting Elizabeth McCrea Playground as the official recorded name.
This resolution was based on the policy of ensuring that names chosen for reserves are enduring, and changes are discouraged unless deemed to be in the public interest or for safety reasons. The Board also noted that the incorporation of two street names for the playground name is not an acceptable combination of words, or recognised format and is consequently not used for names assigned under the Geographical Names Act 1966.
Following this outcome and continuing to support the views of the local community, I will urge Council to support the Geographical Names Board recommendation to gazette ‘Elizabeth McCrea Playground’ as an official recorded name and retain the historical significance and familiar recognition of the reserve.

Watch the video to hear the full history of my fight to save Elizabeth McCrea Playground.

National Volunteers Week

The 20-26th of May was National Volunteers Week. The City of Sydney is home to some incredible volunteer-based organisations. I am very fortunate to have been able to spend some time with the passionate people who dedicate their time, energy and skill to causes and organisations that they believe in. Thank you for your dedication and service to the community.

Servcorp Opening

It was a pleasure to speak and to be a part of the official launch of the newly refurbished Servcorp Coworking Space at Market Street, Sydney.

Founded in 1978, Servcorp could be considered one of the first co-working organisations to exist. Servcorp’s Co-Working space facility helps Small to Medium Enterprises surround themselves with the knowledge, support network, and access to the technologies that allow them to reach global markets cost-effectively.

If you are interested in learning more about Servcorp, visit:

PUG Men's Shed

Thank you to the wonderful gents of the Pyrmont Ultimo Glebe (PUG) Men's Shed for allowing me to join in their weekly lunch last week.

It was a pleasure to be around such an inclusive group and be reminded of the enormous benefits that an organisation such as this can bring to the local community and its residents.

Learning Links Opening

I recently attended the Grand Opening of Learning Links in Alexandria.

The staff demonstrated what it was like to be a child with a learning difficulty and it was interesting to experience the struggle felt when asked a seemingly easy question. This experience made the work that this team does all the more incredible.

Learning Links provides accessible education to prevent learning difficulties from causing disadvantage. They are a fantastic organisation and I look forward to working with them further.

FiftySix Creations

During Youth Week, I was asked to be a judge at the FiftySix Creations Business Camp. It was an honour to sit alongside Dave Sharma MP as a fellow judge.

The Fiftysix Business Camp, created by Youth "Rockstar" Taj Pabari, is a 3-day school holiday program that is designed to provide a “taste” of the mindset, skills and resources that young people will need for their own business.

I was very impressed with the unique and creative business ideas and how they were presented to the panel. These pitches demonstrated the importance of encouraging young people to think about what contribution they can make to their community.

To find out more information about Fiftysix Creations:

Gadigal Mural

Last week I attended the Launch of the Gadigal Mural at the Australian Design Centre. The event was officially opened with a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country from Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council Chair Yvonne Weldon.

The Gadigal Mural was designed by Sydney artist Jason Wing, with First Nations Creative Producers Dennis Golding and Lucy Simpson and it is a collaborative artwork referencing both the topographical patterning and material culture of Gadigal country.

It is definitely worth checking out this impressive 25m x 17m mural located in Barnett Lane, Darlinghurst.

Wynne Prize

Congratulations to Sylvia Ken from APY Art Centre on winning this years Wynne Prize for Landscape. Artists from APY Collective have been very successful in recent years, recognised for their work as winners of the Wynne Prize in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the Sulman Prize in 2018

Sylvia Ken is from the Amata community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia. Her family are traditional owners for significant sites where the Seven Sisters story takes place. This painting refers to this story, the landscape that the story takes place in, as well as the characters in the story.

‘I listen to the old people’s stories and I think about these stories and then the ideas come for my paintings… I listen when they are talking about tjukurpa and telling creation stories, and when they say to me, “No, you should paint this way, the Seven Sisters”.’

May Council Wrap
My appearance on ABC's The Drum on the 28th of May 2019
If you have any issues or concerns within the City of Sydney, feel free to contact me at 

Kind regards,

What's On

Vivid Sydney
When: Every night 6pm - 11pm until 15 June
Where: Locations across Sydney
More info

Blue: Documentary Screening
When: Wednesdays 7:30pm - 9pm until 12 June 
Where: Juanita Nielsen Community Centre
More info

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
When: Everyday until 8 September 
Where: Art Gallery of NSW
More info

Contact Councillor Craig Chung:
P: +612 9246 7375 | M: +61 412 605 597

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