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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Across the developing world, the 6th of April this year -‘International Day of Sport for Development and Peace’- was greeted with celebration. In Rwanda it was marked by a government announcement that a film production crew would soon start filming video stories by ‘Football for Hope, Peace and Unity’ an organization aiming to use sport to raise awareness and commemorate the genocides in Africa. Closer to home, in Tonga, it was cause for a mass Aerobics session at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall, supported by the Tongan Health Ministry and the Australian Federal Government. Whilst we face different challenges here in Australia, we need look no further than our own backyard to see the valuable role that sport plays in developing a sense of community, keeping communities healthy and active, and overcoming social and economic barriers. I was invited to represent the Minister for Sport the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP at the Sports for Social Change Youth Leaders Forum held at Fairfield Community and Youth Centre. Together with Anne Bunde-Birouste, Founder of Football United, and Mike Brown, Brad McCarrol and Assmaah Helal from Creating Chances, we discussed with a group of young leaders, how sport could help enable the next group of young leaders in their communities. We reflected upon role of sport in social change and peace at both a local and international scale. Continue reading

Leichhardt's Community Recycling Centre Open

  MLC Shayne Mallard and Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne today launched Leichhardt Council’s upgraded community recycling centre for residents to drop off paints, oils, gas bottles, batteries and other household problem wastes. Mr Mallard said upgrade was made possible through a $193,000 grant to the council under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. "This service is one in a network of 100 community recycling centres and services being built and introduced across NSW under an Environmental Trust and NSW Government partnership,” Mr Mallard said. Continue reading

Sajid David's Speech to the Sydney Institute

It was a very interesting evening hearing from The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid the UK Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills at the Sydney Institute’s 2016 Annual Dinner Lecture on Wednesday the 30 March. After a lively introduction from Premier Mike Baird (with some asides about the Rugby) Sajid Javid launched into a detailed dissertation on the global benefits of capitalism and by extension the opportunities already being realised through growing free trade and free trade agreements. Continue reading


The Parliament of New South Wales yesterday acknowledged the importance of the Sydney Architecture Festival and the value of good urban design and architecture to the state of NSW. The motion moved by the Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC a Liberal member of the NSW Upper House congratulated the festival organisers, directors and sponsors including University Technology Sydney, the NSW Architects Registration Board and the Australian Institute of Architects, and noted the role that the Sydney Architecture Festival has in ‘enabling the community to participate in and enjoy the history and architecture of Sydney.’ Led by Mr Mallard, several parliamentarians from across the political spectrum spoke at length about the intrinsic value of architecture to the state, and the centrality of architecture and architects to good governance. Continue reading