September 13th 2011
Sydney Alliance: The way to have your say
Half a million Sydneysiders to create change and opportunity and improve the city
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:
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 6:30pmIndividuals 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.
NOTE TO EDITORS
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). http://www.sydneyalliance.org.au/partners-2/
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 (www.citizensuk.org <http://www.citizensuk.org> ) 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.
website: www.sydneyalliance.com.au <http://www.sydneyalliance.com.au>
Media Contact: Sara Irvine, firstname.lastname@example.org, +61 402 982 002