Sydney's central district has copped flak in the past for not being as pedestrian friendly as some other major capital cities. Although the Walsh Bay precinct is ahead of many other areas in terms of its 'walkability' improvements to unlock many of the area's hidden and historical gems, as well as creating safer neighbourhoods are important.

Responding to this need The City of Sydney is currently in the process of developing a Walking Strategy and Action Plan. The plan will align with the Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision for a globally competitive and innovative city with integrated transport and land use. The strategy will also seek to work with the State Government to unlock potential for local government to deliver walking infrastructure, through improved guidelines, warrants and technical directions for walking related infrastructure. 

One of the most anticipated local, annual events, The Walsh Bay Arts Table, is back for the sixth consecutive year – a joint initiative of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce and this year's hosts, Gondwana Choirs. Plan ahead and mark out Tuesday November 10 in your calendar and expect to enjoy an al fresco degustation waterfront dining experience. Restaurants participating include View by Sydney, The Loch, Pier One Sydney Harbour, Sydney Dance Lounge and Simmer on the Bay and sponsors include Tempus Two, Fratelli, Integral, Sonoma and Vittoria Coffee.

Did you know that in Australia 3.6 million people or 19 per cent of the population have a disability? Add into this equation the number of families, carers and friends and the number of people affected in the community is considerably large. Are you unsure of how best to access and service people with a disability?

If you're interested in finding out how to improve disability awareness and be more commercially inclusive the Information on Disability and Education Service (IDEAS) has teamed up with The City to offer a number of free, three- hour workshops for small businesses in a number of central Sydney village hub locations. The workshops aim to assist retailers, business owners, cafes, hospitality and tourism operators to better connect with, and cater for, people with disability. Participants will gain an understanding and knowledge of the history of disability in Australia, barriers to inclusion and how they can be overcome (or minimised) and more confidence and connectedness through instruction on effective communication and interaction techniques.

The next installment of the hugely popular Art & About will launch with a giant "Quarter Acre Block Party" in Martin Place on September 19 – paying homage to the fading yet still iconic oversized Aussie backyard. This year the diverse three-week cultural program put together by The City of Sydney includes: Australian Life (formerly Sydney Life) photographic competition and exhibition, Nomads – an illuminating display by top local and international graphic artists on oversized tepees in Hyde Park, high-energy and unique theatre works in and around the CBD as well as artworks and sculptures that will no doubt be popping up in and around the neighbourhood!

For more information and details of the full program go to www.artandabout.com.au

Lead and in-conjunction with Sydney Dance Company's 45th anniversary the performance of Rafael Bonachela's 'Beats for Peace,' as part of the biannual Big Dance initiative was a huge success.

Attracting some 6,000 people in Sydney along with London and Glasgow the July 13 event made dance history as one of the world's biggest celebrations of the artform.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014, Walsh Bay resident arts company Bangarra Dance Theatre is currently on tour with their acclaimed new production Patyegarang.

Another Vivid has come and gone from in and around Walsh Bay. Backing up the general consensus that the festival is going from strength to strength official sources recorded an impressive 1.43 million attendees this year.

One of Walsh Bay’s most prominent annual events – The Sydney Writer’s Festival 2014 (May 16-25th), may be over for another year but for those that participated the experience lives on. In the words of SWF artistic director Jemma Birrell; “This year’s Festival drew together a strong and vibrant community of people who love reading, writing and thinking,” she said.