The Smart City concept, while well established internationally, has not been a focus for the City of Sydney. Cities like Barcelona, Singapore, Copenhagen, Toronto and New York are successfully applying data driven technology to improve the way that their community operates in a range of areas from planning and consultation, to service delivery and community […]
Councillor Angela Vithoulkas formed the Sydney Matters Independent team to once again run as a City of Sydney Independent Councillor. The Sydney Matters Independent team was the only truely independent team, with no preference deals made with other parties.
Throughout the campaign, she passionately campaigned for the introduction of smart technology to improve the amenity & safety of the city. Angela strongly believes that smart technology is capable of transforming the city and helping Sydney maintain its position as an economic powerhouse and will continue to support the sector through vocal advocacy.
Laid out below are the policies, in full, that were developed throughout the campaign.
Safety is the foundation stone for a successful and vibrant City that attracts residents, businesses, domestic visitors and international travellers. It is the basis for economic prosperity and a thriving cultural and recreational scene, including the night time economy. Investment and innovation in infrastructure including late night transport options; street lighting and CCTV all play […]
The Sydney Start-up scene is a powerful and important driver for Sydney’s economy. We currently have the largest technology and startup ecosystem in Australia, with 64% of Australian based startups living and working in Sydney. According to Startupaus.org more than $100 billion is generated within the City of Sydney alone from start up and tech businesses. Even more […]
The City of Sydney is a major contributor to the Australian economy accounting for 5-10 per cent of total GDP yet many local businesses feel constrained by red tape and seemingly arbitrary rules. The City council requires residents and business people who understand that a vibrant multi-use approach to the City is in the interests […]
Sydney’s late night economy is an important contributor to the City, financially and culturally. The City’s nighttime economy is estimated to be worth nearly $18bn/year. It employs more than 30,000 people. But many people feel that Sydney has lost is nighttime mojo, and we agree. Sydney needs a vibrant and safe nighttime economy that appeals […]
Parking is an everyday issue, which impact residents, business and visitors to the City. It is the thing we hear most about when speaking with members of the local community. Over the past few years City of Sydney parking policies have reduced access to parking. Construction works and future development proposals also continue to erode […]
The City of Sydney Council has achieved much in the area of culture and the arts. Angela Vithoulkas is excited to continue to develop creative expression and experiences in the City for a wide range of audiences with our fresh independent approach. Angela is committed to the development of programs that drive community engagement and participation. Investments in […]
There is a clear sense from people that Council is removed from daily realities in the City. People feel that senior local government representatives are out of touch and that they represent a minority of residents and their interests. Angela Vithoulkas and the Sydney Matters team put forward a plan to transform the way that local government […]
Homelessness is a critical issue for the City of Sydney. While there are programs in place across the City, which have received the support of local government and do good work for people living on the streets of Sydney, more needs to be done. Angela Vithoulkas remains focused on developing innovative programs that support the homeless […]
Council estimates that congestion costs residents and businesses $3.5 billion each year, which is forecast to swell to $8 billion by 2020. The accessibility of Sydney is linked to economic capacity and growth potential. We literally cannot afford to allow congestion to limit Sydney’s potential. Public transport is clearly a central element of the solution […]