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Winter Homeless Street Count Results

The 2019 winter street count found 254 people sleeping rough in Sydney, a decrease of 24 people compared to the count in August last year. Occupation of temporary or crisis accommodation rose by 16.8 per cent to 592 people - 94 per cent of available bed capacity.

While it is great to see the amount of rough sleepers has reduced and that people are accessing the NSW Government's assertive outreach programs, there is still more work to be done. Thankfully, with Minister Gareth Ward MP leading Family and Community Services NSW the Government will continue to take action.The NSW Government recently announced the expansion of assertive outreach to Tweed Heads and Newcastle and the extension of the street count to regional areas to gain a deeper understanding of the resources required at a larger scale.

The City of Sydney Homelessness unit, in collaboration with NGO's and FACS, do a fantastic job in delivering services to vulnerable members of society and we need to keep supporting and resourcing these organisations to tackle the highly complex issue of homelessness.

View the results from each street count HERE

C4C War on Waste 

It was a pleasure to speak on the Coalition for Conservation 'War on Waste' Panel.

Currently, 8 million tonnes of plastics flow into the oceans each year and 80% is from land based sources flowing through storm water runoff. Without any action, this is expected to increase.

Councils have an important role to play in creating better solutions to waste management and it starts with citizen action. Councils need to continue to educate citizens about conscious waste disposal, including discouraging the use of single-use plastics and recycling or re-purposing materials to minimise the waste that goes to landfill.

Alexandra Canal Depot

I recently visited the Alexandra Canal Depot. The depot provides waste, maintenance and construction services for the southern city area.

It has also been designed with a strong focus on environmental sustainability. The site has natural ventilation and lighting, roof water collection and re-use, solar power, energy and water efficient equipment and locally produced products where possible. It also has the Tesla Battery which can provide up to 500-kilowatt hours of electricity, which is enough to power 50 homes for an entire day!

St James Anglican Church

I recently visited St James Anglican Church, the oldest church building in the City of Sydney.

Celebrations of the bicentenary of the building will commence in October this year, marking the laying of the foundation stone by Governor Macquarie in 1819.

Robert Marriott, Chair of the Fundraising Appeal Committee, showed me the existing organ which was originally installed in 1827 and rebuilt several times (most recently in 1971) but it has now passed it's 'use by date' and is beyond repair.

The Church are currently raising funds for the new organ which is planned to be installed at the end of 2020. When completed, the new instrument will be the third largest organ in Sydney after those at the Town Hall and Opera House!

For more information visit HERE

Bei Yang Student Visit

It was a pleasure to host the students from Bei Yang English Language School during their visit to Sydney. It is wonderful to see students from around the world developing relationships and furthering our cultural ties. Ever more important in today's world.

Homeless Memorial Service

I recently attended the Homeless Memorial Service held at Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills.

This service is held each year to remember and commemorate those who have passed away over the past year/years while experiencing homelessness in Sydney.

It gives us the opportunity to remember that all life is valuable and remember those people who if not remembered now by us, may pass away unnoticed.

August Council Wrap
Introduction to XOPP now open in Darling Square
If you have any issues or concerns within the City of Sydney, feel free to contact me at 

Kind regards,

What's On

Pyrmont Food and Wine Festival
When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of September
Where: Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
More info

Australian Life Photography Exhibition
When: Every day until 13th October
Where: Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street Sydney 
More Info

The Comedy Lounge 
When: Mondays 8-10pm
Where: 27 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills 
More info

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

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