Meet Mike Galvin
Mike Galvin is a proud Sydneysider from Darlinghurst who loves his local community. Growing up in a small business household, Mike understands the challenges local businesses face, and the great satisfaction that comes from running your own business. Mike is also dedicated to supporting our homeless and marginalised community, our local youth, the LGBTQI community, climate action and animal welfare.
Mike is passionate about connecting people across the community, and raising awareness of local businesses and resident initiatives that make our City a great place to live, work and play. Mike joined the Surry Hills Business Partnership Board in 2019 and was elected Vice President. He was re-elected for a second year in 2020 where he gives up his time for the local business community, working on initiatives for the betterment of the precincts of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and surrounding suburbs. These continued initiatives are geared to promote the precinct and stimulate the local economy whilst highlighting the importance of what a ‘shop local’ culture means for our City. Mike has also worked closely with the City of Sydney and the Lord Mayor on community working groups and round tables for projects including Oxford Street and Victoria Street revitalisation, Wimbo Park and Green Park. A keen commuter cyclist, you’ll see Mike daily traversing on his bike between the eastern suburbs and the CBD.
In his role with the Surry Hills Business Partnership, Mike together with the Board have developed and produced events and campaigns that bring local residents, community organisations and local businesses together. Working on projects such as PICNIC Surry Hills, Head to Surry Hills and Local Rewards creates opportunities for not only businesses in the community, they connect residents and communities. Mike founded ‘Darlo Darlings’ Facebook Group in April 2018 – a group for residents and businesses in Postcode 2010 and surrounds. In his work as founder of the Darlo Darlings, Mike has raised awareness and funds for local charities including Rough Edges, for our marginalised and homeless, The Girls & Boys Brigade for our local kids who need a helping hand, One Meal Makes a Difference, who provide food and social services to patrons in Green Park Darlinghurst and Ward Park Surry Hills. Mike has been recognised on two occasions in New South Wales Parliament for his work across the community.
During Covid-19, Mike created Darlo Pantry along with other locals and business owners to provide food and essentials directly to people in need. He also spent many hours supporting local businesses during one of the toughest times we’ve seen in decades. In his role with the Surry Hills Business Partnership, Mike hosted six live broadcasts featuring local business owners, politicians, entertainers and community organisations. The broadcasts titled the ‘Covid Recovery Series’ were viewed over 60,000 times and were geared to provide information, support and stimulus across multiple sectors during 2020.
Mike sees challenges as opportunities to collaborate and bring people together to make things better than they were before. Mike is passionate about harmonious communities where great neighbour values, tolerance and acceptance is part of everyday life. Mike’s partner, Andrew, also a local business owner in Darlinghurst runs his own interior design firm and is also actively involved in community programs.
A chef by trade, Mike transitioned into solutions and business development roles, working for major financial institutions in Australia and New Zealand. Mike has worked on various projects ranging in scale, to major partnership initiatives with multi-nationals, including some of the worlds largest organisations. The success of these projects have been based on detailed problem solving, which result in launching bespoke solutions that improve the end customer experience. Mike has also spent time abroad in Thailand working in corporate travel management, whilst volunteering his time at an orphanage for children under the age of five.
Mike has collaborated with the National Arts School on many occasion, introducing over 200 locals to the incredible Darlinghurst Gaol Tours experience, which highlights the history of the area. He also curated the very first, Artists of Postcode 2010, featuring 4 talented local artists under one roof. Opened officially by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Jess Scully, and attended by the National Art School CEO, the exhibit ran for 7 days, showcasing works to residents and businesses across the community. Initiatives for our homeless and marginalised continue to be a focus of Mike’s, who created the Night Under the Stars evening in collaboration with Rough Edges. The night brings locals together with those less fortunate, in a safe, caring and uplifting environment. Mike was also the host of the 2020 Roughtober campaign, a 4 hour virtual event with over 200 participants and special guests from across Sydney.
The City of Sydney is a remarkable destination, and a truly wonderful place to live and work. Every year we see our City grow and prosper. Our city of villages are diverse, and our neighbourhoods are high-energy areas packed with incredible retail, cafes, restaurants, bars and great people who decide to call our city home. Let’s keep working well together.