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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...
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Zero Litter to Ocean

Did you know that eight million tonnes of plastics gets into the ocean each year and eighty percent of that comes from stormwater?

I put forward a
motion at the October Council meeting to urge the Council to commit to a 'Zero Litter to Ocean' target by June 2030. This can be achieved by Council consistently cleaning out our stormwater drains and ensuring that plastics and other pollutants do not travel through stormwater into our Harbour.

I was pleased that this motion was passed unanimously by Council however I was disappointed to learn, after accessing audit reports of City of Sydney Gross Pollutant Traps (GPTs), that 40% of these traps were not working and not only that, but that the City of Sydney had been aware of this for four years and had done nothing about this issue.

With ineffective GPTs, rubbish and gross pollutants will continue to flow through our stormwater and pollute our Harbour. I spoke to
The Daily Telegraph about this issue and a spokesperson from the City of Sydney advised they have now allocated $350,000 for the cleaning and repair of the GPTs. From what I have been told by the experts, this is not nearly enough to cover the broken and damaged GPTs. I will continue to put pressure on the Lord Mayor and the CEO to commit more funding towards fixing this issue so that the Zero Litter to Ocean target can be acheived by 2030.

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Kings Cross Reactivation

Councillor Christine Forster and I are pleased to announce that the City of Sydney Council unanimously endorsed our proposal to improve the safety, amenity and streetscape of Kings Cross and Potts Point. You will see over the coming weeks community consultation and draft concept plans for the improvements which we have proposed. These include improved lighting, more and better street furniture and newgranite paving.

Pyrmont Photo, Art and Craft Exhibition

I enjoyed attending and providing the nibbles at the Pyrmont Photo, Art and Craft exhibition with my colleague Councillor Christine Forster.

The annual exhibition kicked off with an impressive performance by Pyrmont Sings and the exhibition featured many beautiful photos as well as the work of several local artists. It was an enjoyable evening and a great opportunity to catch up with friends from the local community.

Johnstons Creek Naturalisation

I recently met with representatives from Sydney Water to see the plans for the Johnstons Creek Naturalisation project in Annandale.

Naturalisation involves repairing the concrete with natural looking banks made of rocks and native plants. It can provide a large number of environmental and social benefits including water quality improvement, ecological restoration, flood mitigation, urban cooling and community recreation and amenity.

The project scope is currently extended to The Crescent however, I put forward a Notice of Motion at the October Council meeting to propose that the City of Sydney work with Sydney Water to expand the naturalisation project up to Wigram Road in Glebe and extend the social and environmental benefits for the community. I am pleased to say that Council unanimously endorsed my proposal. This won't impact on the timeline for the current work which will commence in early January 2020.

CANRevive Volunteer Recognition

It was an honour to host and present the awards of recognition for the long-service volunteers at CanRevive in the Council Chambers at Sydney Town Hall.

It is a wonderful achievement to have dedicated time and hard work to an organisation that makes a great contribution to our community.

It was inspiring to award some people with 15 and even 20 years of service to the cause of supporting those who are struggling or have a family member suffering from cancer. Congratulations to all of the recipients!

FoodLab Graduation Ceremony

It was a pleasure to speak at the Sydney FoodLab Graduation Ceremony held at The Apprentice Restaurant at Ultimo TAFE.

I was pleased to support the launch of the lab through a City of Sydney 3-year knowledge exchange grant and it was great to have the opportunity to meet the first round of graduating students.

FoodLab Sydney is an innovative new program designed to designed to address the underlying causes of food insecurity: social disadvantage, economic exclusion and social inequality.

The program is a unique example of local government-community-university partnership, aimed at tackling the complex causes of food insecurity.

To read more about this program click HERE

XOPP Opening

It was an honour to be apart of the XOPP Grand Opening. It was a day of celebration with great company and amazing food - an indicator for what's to come!

Congratulations to Billy Wong on this successful venture!

The restaurant is located in the new Darling Exchange building and is open everyday 11:30am - 11:30pm. Be sure to check it out soon!

Click HERE to watch the BTS video from my last visit.

Watch:
November Council Wrap 
Succah by the Sea
Vale Ray Richmond
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

Visit Santa at the Queen Victoria Building
WHEN: Every day 9am - 6pm 
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HERE

Sydney Christmas Children's Concert
WHERE: Prince Alfred Park
WHEN: Saturday 30 November 6:30pm - 8:30pm
For more info click
HERE

Guan Wei: MCA Collection
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks
WHEN: Every day 10am - 5pm
For more info click
HERE
 

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

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