City operations switched to 100% renewable electricity, under new renewable energy contracts that created regional jobs in the Glen Innes, Wagga Wagga and Shoalhaven, and that will save our ratepayers half a million dollars a year for the next ten years.
- Completed the CBD and South East Light Rail public domain works in George Street
- Began our George Street Stage 2 pedestrianisation of the remainder of George Street South from Town Hall to Rawson Place (near Central Station).
- In early 2020 in response to the spread of Covid19 pandemic which forced social distancing, seriously affecting all aspects of city life; the City introduced a $72.5 million financial relief package to support our residents, businesses, cultural and vulnerable communities through the pandemic:
- included providing rent relief for city-building tenants,
- refunding venue and advertising fees for cancelled events,
- covering cost of closed facilities so casuals were paid,
- waiving fees for compulsory health and safety inspections,
- waiving outdoor dining fees,
- provided grants for 654 organisations and businesses worth a total of $8.85 million,
- gave OzHarvest $1million in funding to give out hampers to those in need, and
- establish a supermarket in Waterloo, on the basis of “take what you need and pay what you can…”.
- And, the City purchased approximately 20,000 reusable face masks for those in our community who need them most.
- Worked with the NSW Government on temporary pop-up cycleways to get people into the city safely:
- Pitt Street north in the CBD,
- Moore Park Road towards Bondi,
- Pyrmont Bridge Road in Glebe,
- Henderson Road in Eveleigh,
- Sydney Park Road, and
- Dunning Avenue in Rosebery.(Pitt St, Bridge St, Sydney Park Road),
- 1,000 street parking permits were issued to essential services organisations like our major hospitals, and
- free, 24-hour access was offered to our Goulburn Street and Kings Cross car parks, and
- we also introduced a period of leniency for parking fines in the LGA.
Opened the Wilson and Burren Street Cycleway, a new connection that links Erskineville with Redfern via Macdonaldtown Station.
Started work on the Macleay Street upgrade in Potts Point, which will deliver new plantings, pavers instead of bitumen, trees, seating and bike racks.
Announced the Museum of Chinese in Australia would be the new occupants of the old Haymarket Library.
Completed renewal of the Cutler Footway in Paddington.
Trialled our first electric garbage truck, so that one day our garbage truck fleet can be emissions free.
Endorsed the Open and Creative Planning Reforms, which will support our city’s late night diversity and making it easier to manage sound levels when issues arise between venues and residents.