Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sydney Alliance Foundation Day - Media Release

I just received this media release today - Sydney Alliance is working on Transport issues for the common good of civil society -

September 13th 2011
Sydney Alliance: The way to have your say
Half a million Sydneysiders to create change and opportunity and improve the city
p a truly democratic voice that's able to function beyond the vote. On Thursday we can come together so the city can hear the power of our vision for the city. “

Many in Sydney feel isolated, frustrated or helpless at some point in their day. The ability to get around, reliable access to health and care and feeling connected to others are important aspects of living happily in a large city. Many also feel disconnected from political life.

The Sydney Alliance began in June 2007. Over the past four years it has forged a relationship between seemingly disparate organisations, to create a platform for achieving change in Sydney. Over 500,000 Sydneysiders involved with 40 member associations make up the Sydney Alliance.

The Sydney Alliance’s agenda for the common good will be launched at its founding assembly on Thursday 15 September at Sydney Town Hall.

Randa Kattan, the Alliance chair said: “The Sydney Alliance is a new voice for the community. It brings together organisations that have not traditionally worked together to improve the city.”
Amanda Tattersall, Director of The Sydney Alliance said: “The Sydney Alliance is an antidote to sound bite politics – we have slowly built trusting relationships between schools, churches, temples, unions, mosques and community organisations across the city.”

Since June 2007, 1200 community leaders have been trained and 6500 people from member organisations have actively told us what they would like to change about the city. This process was thorough, and many concerns were raised by members. Three focus areas have been prioritised:
·     Transport (because people were frustrated getting around)
·     Social inclusion (because people weren’t getting along)
·     Community care and health (because people were falling through the cracks)

Randa Kattan, said: “Through a unique listening and self organising process, the Sydney Alliance has unraveled the sentiment of Sydneysiders. We have distilled the main themes into a vision, enabling an opportunity for decision makers to take stock of what's really going on. The Sydney Alliance provides a framework to develo
**Media Events** 
Thursday 15 September
11.00amPress conference: Sydney Town Hall Vestibule (enter via front stairs)
Interview, filming, and photo opportunity
Speakers from the Alliance partner organisations and featuring some of the stories of Sydney that will showcase at the Assembly in the night.
6.30pm for 7,00pm startThe Sydney Alliance Founding Assembly 
The Sydney Alliance launches publicly at 7.00pm on Thursday, September 15 at Sydney Town Hall. Arrive and be seated at 6:30pm
Individuals will tell stories that highlight the issues that the Sydney Alliance will work to remedy. Political leaders from the NSW Government will address the Assembly and harness the opportunity to engage with the Sydney Alliance and will discuss changes Sydneysiders are calling for.


Purpose of The Sydney Alliance: To advance the common good and achieve a fair, just and sustainable city. We bring together diverse community organisations, unions and religious organizations. The Sydney Alliance is a non-party political organisation. 

Who We Are: Our members are 40 community organisations, educational institutions, trade union
 , faith and religious groups, that involve over 500 000 Sydneysiders (as of 7 September 2011). 

Funding: The majority of funding comes from contributions from our member organisations. We also receive donations from small businesses and individual donors known as “friends of the Sydney Alliance”. We receive no government funding.

Power through Community Organising: We use a model of community organising fashioned on similar models used in the U.S and Britain. The US President Barack Obama was a community organiser and did training with our sister organisation in the 1980s. Citizens UK has operated for 15 years ( <> ) and has a working relationship with Prime Minister David Cameron and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Our approach intentionally builds relationships within and between community-based organisations, supporting the active participation of citizens through their church and faith groups, unions and community organisations. 

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Media Contact: Sara Irvine, 402 982 002

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