Ken Livingstone to visit Sydney

By: Jason Whittaker


Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone will give a free public talk about sustainable cities and integrated transport in Sydney,

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone will give a free public talk about sustainable cities and integrated transport in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, September 16.

The City Talk, presented by the City of Sydney Council, will be Livingstone's only public appearance in Sydney.

Livingstone was elected Mayor of London in 2000 and was responsible for the groundbreaking introduction of the congestion charge. His policies centred on creating a sustainable London in the face of global warming.

He will be joined by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

"We have much in common in our vision for our respective cities," Moore says.

"Sustainable Sydney 2030 calls for better public transport, less cars, more walking and cycling.

"A green, global and connected Sydney needs an integrated public transport system. Major public transport is at capacity and it is difficult to move efficiently around the city.

"Congestion inhibits economic development and private vehicle use is a major source of green house emissions."

Also speaking at the City Talk will be Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese.

The speakers will participate in a panel discussion chaired by ABC broadcaster Simon Marnie.

They will be joined by Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of Technology, Sydney, Garry Glazebrook, and The Sydney Morning Herald Director, Marketing & Newspaper Sales, Robert Whitehead.

Tickets are free and essential and available from Ticketmaster on 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au. Free bike parking located at Hyde Park North 6pm - 9.30pm

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