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COUNCILLOR CRAIG CHUNG

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

Electronic Voting at the City of Sydney

It has taken 12 long months to consider my motion to electronically record how Councillors vote but finally, it has been announced that all votes by Councillors would be electronically recorded.

I shouldn’t have to introduce a resolution to Council to simply and accurately record which way Councillors vote – look at other councils, look at parliaments, look at board rooms – recording votes is important for transparency and important for electors so they know what decisions the people they voted for are making. This is only the first battle in a long war on transparency.

Remember, Clover Moore and her party voted against live streaming of Council meetings 10 times. Thankfully, at my urging, the State Government is set to cement live streaming as a mandatory transparency measure for all Councils in NSW.

View the media release HERE

Elizabeth McCrea Playground

At the September council meeting, The Clover Moore Political Party voted to strip the name "Elizabeth McCrea Park" from the playground in Redfern to rename it after the adjoining streets (Kepos and Zamia).

The vast majority of residents consulted said they wanted to keep the name Elizabeth McCrea and yet, Clover and her team dismissed these views and said "that's just a consultation, not a vote".

So, why would the Clover Moore Political Party want to strip the name of a prominent local woman, an activist who fought for the rights of women and residents, from the name of a popular local park? Does it have something to do with the fact that this is where Clover started her political career? Are they setting the groundwork for the "Clover Moore Memorial Playground"?

Regardless of the historical significance of the name, Elizabeth McCrea is a community park and through the consultation, the community expressed their support to retain that name and as a Council we should support these views.

Women for Election Panel

It was an honour to speak on a panel discussing campaigning Do's and Dont's at the 'Women for Election Australia' forum. Women in Parliaments across Australia represent only about one third of elected representatives and one fifth of those in Cabinets.

We need to set ourselves targets to ensure that the Parliaments are representative of the broader diversity of our community - gender, cultural ethnicity, age and that we promote the most talented and prepared people to represent us in Parliament. Forums like this are a small contribution to help level the playing field.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

I was lucky enough to attend two celebrations for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival this year. The festival takes its name from the full moon on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar and celebrates the mid autumn harvest. Thank you to the elders of Goon Yee Tong and the team at Darling Square for your kind invitations.

Sydney Street Level Mission

Thank you Mitchell Evans and Salvation Army for inviting me to visit the Sydney Streetlevel Mission and see the amazing work you are doing in our community. Whether it is financial counselling, showers, daily lunch, church services, free lockers or opportunities for corporate volunteering - they do such a great job helping some really vulnerable people in society. See more of the great work they do HERE.

Bakehouse Theatre

I recently had the pleasure to visit Suzanne who runs bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company at the Kings Cross Theatre located on the top floor of the Kings Cross Hotel. The Kings Cross Theatre regularly showcases diverse performances with new and emerging artists. I was interested to hear about their new 'CROSSROADS' Program, which was supported through a City of Sydney creative grant, the program will consist of free music, exhibitions and debates engaging with the local community. 

Watch:
Update: Fitzroy Gardens Toilets
My appearance on ABC's The Drum on 19th September 2018.
September Council Wrap
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

What's On

Australian Life 2018 Exhibition 
When: 7am–11pm, every day until Sunday 7 October
Where: Hyde Park North
More info HERE


Spring Garden at East Village Sydney
When: Weekdays 12pm to 10pm | Weekends, 11am to 10pm until 30 November
Where: 234 Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia | Rooftop terrace
More info
HERE

Cryptic Cities
When: Everyday 7:30am - 9pm until 24 October
Where: George Street Sydney
More info
HERE

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

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