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Are they worthy of Wentworth?

BY ALEC SMART City Hub hosted a forum at Beauchamp Hotel in Darlinghurst of the prospective candidates vying for the seat of Wentworth in the forthcoming federal election. Those present included Matthew Drake-Brockman (Independent), Tim Murray (Labor), Dominic Wy Kanak (Greens) and incumbent MP, Dr Kerryn Phelps (Independent). Liberal candidate Dave Sharma was notably absent. […]

Tanya Plibersek: reign check

BY ALEC SMART Tanya Plibersek is a seasoned and highly capable MP. She was a member of the House of Representatives since 1998, Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) since 2013, and a Minister in the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd revolving-door governments (Minister for Health her last portfolio until the ALP’s defeat at the 2013 general […]

Cruising for a Bruising

BY ALEC SMART The NSW Government faces a new challenge to its proposal to construct a mega cruise ship marina in Botany Bay. One of their principle opponents, Randwick Council, is recommending the nomination of Yarra Bay, the target site, for inclusion on the National Heritage List. If their National Heritage status request is successful, […]

Alexandra Cyclepath Closure

BY ALEC SMART The NSW Government plans to close a popular cycling and walking path alongside the Alexandra Canal on the northern perimeter of Sydney Airport. The cycleway, between Tempe Basin and Coward Street, Mascot, will be diverted by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) through Tempe in an as yet undecided route to make […]

Nursery rhymes with empty facility

By ALEC SMART Opposite Leichardt Oval, the former home ground of Balmain Tigers Rugby League Club, now the merged Wests Tigers, construction on a childcare centre began in 2015. Comprising of multiple classrooms and three partitioned play zones, the building work was finally completed in 2018. The premises, consisting of citrus trees, sand pits, an […]

No Trouble Brewing

BY ALEC SMART   Even the most attentive local may be surprised to hear Sydney’s inner west has a lot of breweries. There are at least 15 operating within a five kilometre radius of Marrickville, the beating heart of craft breweries, including Batch, Willie The Boatman, Sauce, Young Henrys, Wayward, Rocks, Hopsters, Grifter, Balmain, Staves, […]

Wheels fall off bike rentals

By Alec Smart There are many benefits to the much-maligned brightly coloured rental bicycles strewn everywhere. They’re cheap, reliable, convenient and useful if you need to commute a short, relatively flat distance in an area where parking is limited and public transport expensive. They also reduce traffic congestion, encourage people to exercise and are a […]

Opinion: Public toilets are crap

By ALEC SMART Ask the average Sydneysider about the universal Emerald City experience and you will inevitably have to listen to rhapsodies about the beaches and the harbour, then several rants about real estate prices, traffic and rude people on the inadequate public transport. Almost everyone in Sydney can regale you with rat tales - […]

Creative Conflict

BY ALEC SMART A scaled-down Sydenham Creative Hub, a proposed arts and live music zone close to Sydenham Station in the inner-west, has been voted on and accepted by the Inner West Council after it threatened to divide the fractious chamber. The Inner West Council (IWC) has clashed on several divisive issues since three constituencies, […]

RMS thumbs its nose at NSW EPA

OPINION BY WENDY BACON NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has thumbed its nose at the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), NSW Health, City of Sydney, the Inner West Council and the authors of 13,000 submissions, nearly all objecting to the Stage 3 WestConnex interchanges and tunnels between St Peters, Haberfield and Rozelle. Last week, […]