He’s best known for being the most public face of marriage equality in Australia – but this week Alex Greenwich has started knocking on doors around central Sydney, backing Clover Moore’s bid for re-election as Lord Mayor.
Today the 31-year-old Potts Point resident’s first foray into politics was officially confirmed. He’s one of eight members of Moore’s Independent team going into the council elections on September 8.
He’s had two busy years helping front the marriage equality movement, but promises he’ll continue that work even as he campaigns with Moore. “I’ll absolutely stay with the marriage equality campaign,” he confirms. “This is just a continuation of my love for advocacy. I grew up in this city, was educated in this city and own a business in this city.
“But at the same time I’m dedicated to leading the campaign for marriage equality, until we get it, which I’m sure will be one day very soon.”
Greenwich (pictured above with Moore at last month’s Aurora LGBT fundraising dinner) says he shares the Lord Mayor’s goals for a sustainable, vibrant, successful and diverse city. “I want Sydney to continue to be the LGBT capital that has made it world famous – a place that is especially welcoming and accepting of LGBT youth.
“Recently I’ve spent a lot of time around state and federal politics, and the reason for me wanting to be a part of this team is because in believe Sydney City Council has been the best run government in Australia,” he says. “It has a plan – it doesn’t just talk about doing things, it actually does things. Like tackling climate change, dealing with congestion, supporting the arts and many other good works. It’s really an action council and it’s important that it continues into the future.”
As a small business owner – he runs a recruitment company – Greenwich says he’s also keenly aware of the challenges small businesses face. “In the changing global economic environment, I want to help businesses, especially retail, embrace new avenues for business development including the internet and finding new ways to thrive.
“Oxford Street is obviously very important to us, and there’s been some great work that the city has done in giving small business grants, as well as building and giving office spaces to the creative industry to get workers onto Oxford Street, to use the shops and restaurants.”
Also on Moore’s Independent team are Current Deputy Lord Mayor Robert Kok, lawyer and planning expert John Mant, Glebe community activist Robyn Kemmis, writer and broadcaster Nell Schofield, co-ordinator of the Kings Cross Parents’ and Carers’ Association Claudia Bowman, and cademic and resident activist Jenny Green.
Last week Moore told Same Same that the latest Census figures confirmed that the city of Sydney is a key area for LGBT citizens to settle, and said she hoped that as many as possible would enrol to vote.
“I read these figures with a great deal of pride and they reminded me of the great victories we have all achieved towards making the city a more equal, welcoming, and accepting home for our GLBTI community.”