MIL-OSI Submissions: Australia – City of Sydney Lord Mayor rejects Labor’s calls to fund support for vulnerable communities

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Source: City of Sydney

24 September 2021 – In light of some concerningly low vaccination rates in City of Sydney, Lord Mayor Moore has rejected calls for $10m additional support for the City of Sydney’s Diverse and Affordable Housing Fund, and voted against the establishment of a grant program for City of Sydney social services.

At the City of Sydney Council meeting on Monday September 20th, Labor’s Lord Mayoral candidate Councillor Linda Scott moved an amendment to a Lord Mayoral Minute calling for additional funding for the City’s Diverse and Affordable Housing Fund, and a new grant category to provide ongoing funding to essential social and support services in the City of Sydney. Councillor Scott’s amendment was defeated 9 votes to 1.

The Lord Mayor’s minute entitled “Supporting Vulnerable Communities Through the Pandemic” outlined Lord Mayor Moore’s concerns about vulnerable communities in the City of Sydney but only offered actions of thanking service providers and continue access to City spaces provided after Councillor Scott’s strong advocacy.

Amendments from the Lord Mayor’s team to Councillor Scott’s Roadmap to Reopening motion also wiped out any committed dates on which the Council will reopen pools and libraries for click and collect, both services the neighbouring Inner West Council has already resumed.

Labor’s candidate for Lord Mayor, Councillor Linda Scott said Labor is committed to real support for vulnerable communities as we safely reopen our City.

“I’m committed to ensuring Sydney is a fairer City for the future.

“As we reach our vaccination targets and move towards reopening, the City of Sydney council must ensure that we do so safely to protect our community while bringing back the fun aspects of our City like pools, click and collect library services and COVID safe community events.”

“Our City-funded social services have seen annual declines in their funding year on year, yet they are continuing to feed people, translate health messages into languages other than English and support communities accessing COVID vaccination and testing. Without a commitment to properly funding these vital front line social services that support our vulnerable communities, every City resident remains at risk.

“So many have lost their job during this lockdown. As we reopen and recover it’s more important than ever that our focus is also on safely bringing jobs back into our City.”

MIL OSI – Submitted News