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Get ready to change trains more often under the new metro

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS Don’t like changing trains on the way to work? Well, you’re going to have to get used to doing it a whole lot more, according to NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance. The Sydney Metro, for which the government unveiled plans earlier this year, will supposedly double the capacity of our train network. […]

Sydney’s “black heart” to keep beating

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS Funding for Aboriginal housing on the Block has been secured after more than a year of lobbying by the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy. A deal was finally struck last week between the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) and the Federal Government, which has allocated $5 million to fund the construction of 62 affordable […]

Leichhardt continues to evict mummy’s little helper from sports fields

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS Parents watching their kids play sport on the weekend will have to learn to cheer without beer as Leichhardt council cracks down on those who like to knock back a few on the sidelines. The council made it compulsory in June for clubs wishing to use Leichhardt fields next year to become […]

Gruesome discovery in city park

STAFF WRITER Police have revealed a 39-year-old man whose body was found under a tree in an inner city park at the weekend had had his throat slit. He was formally identified on Tuesday August 18 as CBD resident Jacky Ho. A member of the public made the gruesome discovery just metres from a children’s […]

Rochelle ravages secret amalgamation Toole

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous has slammed Local Government Minister Paul Toole for reportedly proposing to sack all NSW councils in an effort to expedite amalgamations. Mr Toole’s supposed proposal to cabinet, as reported by News Corp, would put administrators in charge of councils across the state until mega councils were elected. “If […]

Centennial Park overturns price hikes for public schools

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS Parents of public school students playing school sport in the eastern suburbs have won the battle against field hire spikes at Centennial Park. Centennial Parklands has guaranteed that field hire fees for the Sydney Coastal Primary School Sports Association (SCPSSA) will never increase above inflation. “The certainty regarding field hire fees should […]

Aborigines in court for living on the land allocated to them

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS A company initially established to provide Aboriginal housing has taken an Aboriginal protest camp to court for occupying vacant land in Redfern. The Aboriginal Housing Corporation (AHC), which was responsible for the demolition of the affordable Aboriginal housing known as The Block, launched legal action last Friday to have the Redfern Aboriginal […]

WestConnex could cause endangered frog species to croak it

BY WENDY BACON A senior research scientist is concerned that the Westconnex motorway could threaten one of only two secure Sydney colonies of the Green and Golden Bell frog at Kogarah Golf course near Sydney's airport. The Green and Golden Bell Frog ( GGBF) is endangered in NSW and vulnerable at a national level. Two […]

Newtown to self-impose lock outs

BY STEPHANIE TILLER Newtown nightclubs will self-impose lockouts due to community anguish over increased violence and the area’s changing vibes. Newtown Liquor Accord Chairman Tim Clayton said restrictions were essential to protect the character of the area and to ensure patrons would be safe coming into the summer months. “It was just something that we […]

Roundtable sees red over war on drugs

By RYAN QUINN Members of community group REDWatch have taken aim at drug prohibition and its negative effects on the Redfern Waterloo area at a roundtable event. Problems with prohibition and the state’s current methadone program were discussed by fifteen attendees at The Factory Community Centre, Waterloo on Thursday August 6. City of Sydney Greens […]