We're excited to announce this year's Sydney Open patron and ambassadors showcasing their perspectives on our key themes of city, garden and home. 

Get to know them below and discover more across the Sydney Open weekend.

Sydney Open patron

Clover Moore, Lord Mayor City of Sydney 

As this year’s Sydney Open patron, Lord Mayor Clover Moore joins us in celebrating Sydney’s architecture and urban design through this year’s unique program.

Clover Moore was elected Lord Mayor of Sydney in 2004, the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney. Throughout her public life, in both State and Local Governments, Clover has championed progressive policies, achieving reforms which increase government transparency, champion our environment and protect the vulnerable. Under her leadership, the City of Sydney has developed a global reputation for delivering award winning facilities; protecting and enhancing open space; promoting design excellence for private development; delivering new transport options, particularly safe cycling; promoting and expanding the City’s cultural and creative life and initiating progressive solutions to complex city social problems such as affordable housing and related homelessness.



City ambassador

Jess Miller, Councillor City of Sydney

We’re delighted to have Jess Miller as our City ambassador. As a champion of the City, advocating for positive change we look forward to sharing her vision and creativity with you this year.

Jess Miller is passionate about creating community resilience and more liveable cities, reducing waste, improving food security, increasing urban greening and driving the night-time economy for Sydney. Throughout her time on Council, Jess has worked on  the Breathable Sydney campaign, Eliminated 12 million single-use plastic straws as part of the #SydneyDoesntSuck campaign; Introduced a Liveable Slow Streets pilot in Redfern, Championed the need for a NSW Food Security Strategy and supported a thriving 24-hour economy in Sydney by supporting the venues, performers and other late night. She is also Program Director of Greener Spaces Better Places. 

Q&A with Jess

Garden ambassador

Georgina Reid, Founder of The Planthunter 

We’re excited to have Georgina Reid as our Garden ambassador. Discover a new perspective on the natural world with Georgina's experience as writer, designer and founding editor of The Planthunter, as we explore the importance of green spaces this Sydney Open. 

The Planthunter has grown an international reputation for its fierce commitment to documenting, exploring, and questioning the endlessly curious and varied ways humans relate to the natural world. In addition to editing The Planthunter, Georgina contributes to a range of design and culture publications and speaks regularly about her work. Georgina’s first book, The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos, and Plants was released by Thames and Hudson in 2018. She is currently editing a new print journal titled Wonderground, launching in early 2021.

Enjoy a special photo essay from Georgina providing insights into her own gardening world.

Q&A with Georgina

Home ambassador

Aidan Anderson, Founder of The Local Project

We’re thrilled to have Aidan Anderson as our Home ambassador this year. As Founder of The Local Project, we look forward to sharing some of this year’s inspiring local architecture and design projects with you.

The Local Project began as an Instagram account in 2015, born out of Aidan’s experience as a furniture maker and desire to foster a connection between designers and the community at large. Since then, The Local Project has grown across a range of channels encompassing the website, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Print has been the most recent addition to The Local Project’s repertoire, with the publication launching in 2019 as a periodical that is released three times a year. Aidan is driven by his passion for growing authentic and engaged communities – a vision that remains the core of The Local Project.

Discover Aidan's top picks across some of Sydney’s most exciting residential projects.

Q&A with Aidan