Sylvie Ellsmore

Councillor for City of Sydney Council

Sylvie Ellsmore

I was elected to the City of Sydney Council in 2021. I am founding member and Deputy Chair of the City of Sydney’s new Housing for All Working Group. 

I love Sydney, but we’re facing big challenges. Our city has become less equal and we’re heading towards a climate emergency. 

The Greens vision for Sydney is a city for everyone, with a local council that takes bold action on climate in partnership with the community. 

The Greens understand that housing is a human right. Our ambitious $200 million Sydney Co-Investment Strategy will radically expand tenant-led, secure, affordable housing. Read our costed plan at sydneycitygreens.org.au/housing.

More about me: I’m a community organiser, a researcher and a feminist living on Gadigal Country, in inner-city Sydney. 

I have worked with environmental organisations, unions and Aboriginal groups, coordinating anti-racism and environmental justice campaigns, and winning legal protections for cultural heritage and native title. I represented Newtown as a Local Councillor on Marrickville Council (2012-2016) 

I am a volunteer karate teacher at Jin Sei Ryu Karate Do (Darlington) and I am a founding member of the Redfern, Eveleigh, Darlington, Waterloo Watch (REDWatch) residents’ action group. I work part-time at the University of Sydney.

Our vision

We have a vision for Sydney as a climate leader and city for everyone.
A city that is grassroots, creative and equal. The City of Sydney has the profile and resources to drive environmental justice and real change, transitioning our grid and investing in genuinely secure and affordable housing.
We will empower communities to respond to the climate emergency and rising inequality. We will build our tree canopy, expand quality public services and spaces, and stand with activists to ensure all our diverse residents and communities feel welcome and safe everywhere.

Read more about the latest news and our vision:

Democratic and Grassroots Council

Democratic and Grassroots Council

Council should be the heart of strengthening communities and civil society. Representative democracy is not enough. We want to expand local democracy so that people can be involved in making decisions that affect them and are directly involved in making their...

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Environmental & Climate Justice

Environmental & Climate Justice

We have a vision for Sydney that will fast-track action in response to climate change. It’s clear we’re in a climate emergency. We need urgent and meaningful action to mitigate the disastrous effects of global warming. As a major world city, Sydney can be part of a...

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A City for Everyone

A City for Everyone

The Greens want to ensure Sydney is a city for everyone, not just the rich. Sydney has become more unequal. As developer and investor profits have skyrocketed, housing in our city has become even less affordable and secure for renters, students, casuals and people on...

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