Sydney is pivotal for many reasons, including that it accounts for 22% of the state economy, and 7% of Australia’s total GDP. However, the city needs to change because the current trajectory is not sustainable. Unlike the City for All – moving towards a socially just and resilient city – Sydney is actually trending in the opposite direction of social cohesion and tolerance now.
In an attempt to address these systemic issues, the City of Sydney is working towards sustainable development goals, linking the city to the global agenda and conversion, and building in the commitment to transparency, fairness and social justice
According to Monica, the role of local government leaders is to understand the relationship between history, culture, place and community. With cities in ascendancy, local governments need to contribute to the story to ensure cities take all their residents along to a better future.