Jess Miller is an advocate for liveable cities and works in community engagement, placemaking and communication strategy.
I am motivated by a firm belief that communities that are connected to one another, empowered with opportunity and motivated by kindness are those that will thrive amid pressures such as loneliness, unpredictable weather patterns and the increased pace of change in business and technology.
Throughout my time on Council, I have worked with researchers, environmental organisations, community groups, the hospitality sector, small bars and other government agencies to:
Identify ways in which citizen-led science, technology and data can lead to better air quality outcomes through the Breathable Sydney campaign and hackathon and advocating for State and Federal policy reforms to enable this:
- Eliminated 12 million single-use plastic straws as part of the #SydneyDoesntSuck campaign
- Introduced the idea of the ‘Deputy Deputy Lord Mayor’ experience to encourage younger and more diverse people to understand what local government is and does
- Introduced a Liveable Slow Streets pilot in Redfern to support safety and liveability in urban environments
- Championed the need for a NSW Food Security Strategy and encouraged local food systems through the City’s participation in the Milan Food Policy Pact
- Supported and encouraged a thriving 24-hour economy in Sydney by supporting the venues, performers and other late night practitioners through the introduction of the Late Night DCP changes at Council alongside Clr Scully and running as a Keep Sydney Open candidate in the 2019 State Government election
- Throughout my time on Council, I have enjoyed working with the extraordinarily talented and inspired CMIT team to listen and reflect the community’s aspirations and ambitions for a City that everyone feels as though they belong to and can be proud of.
Throughout this time, I have remained a fierce advocate and enabler of urban greening through my day job as Program Director of Greener Spaces Better Places (formerly the 202020 Vision). I live in Alexandria with my daughter, husband and dog, and like to talk a lot about plants, the UFC, second-hand clothing finds and the Melbourne Demons AFL football club.