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Energised Espresso Chorus brews new talent

A no-audition policy means anything but low standards for the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, which says it is as robust and vigorous as its namesake beverage. Choir director Lliane Clarke is preparing the open-to-anyone group for a whimsical, comedic concert in Leichhardt this month. “While we are [community-based] and we are audition-free, we quest for absolute […]

Council hesitant on Parramatta Road urban renewal

Leichhardt councillors have flagged their suspicion of the state Government’s plan to redevelop Parramatta Rd. There is growing concern among residents the urban renewal project will see high-density development cut through Leichhardt and Annandale. The Parramatta Rd Urban Renewal Programme, by the state Government city planning body Urban Growth NSW, would involve a transformation of […]

Survey shows postal changes needed in Pyrmont

Experts are calling on local retailers to adopt more flexible hours as apartment residents in Pyrmont raise concerns about problems receiving online shopping deliveries in the post. A survey by residents has found that nearly half of all respondents have had deliveries returned because they were unable to collect them in time. "There are a […]

Line crossed in police crackdown on jaywalking

A police blitz on jaywalkers and cyclists has begun in the CBD, despite ongoing concern about the lack of pedestrian-friendly design in the car-dominated inner city. The crackdown is part of Operation Pedro, launched by NSW Police at the end of last month. An Alternative Media Group employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, reported seeing […]

Rushcutters Bay locals fenced in over oval concerns

  Rushcutters Bay residents are up in arms over an upgrade to Reg Bartley Oval that they believe will fundamentally change the passive nature of the park. The City of Sydney council is proposing replacing the timber picket fence around the oval, which was built in 1885, with a metal lookalike for maintenance reasons. Council […]

Vacant city: artists called in to fill space

Sydney is sitting on over a million square metres of empty commercial space as it faces a development boom in the CBD, prompting a council push for businesses to hand over their vacant floorspace to artists. The City of Sydney’s 2012 Floorspace and Employment Survey covers all commercial floorspace in the local government area (LGA), […]

Land ahoy for heritage fleet at Pyrmont despite concern

The City of Sydney council has joined a Pyrmont residents’ group in expressing concern over the approval of an educational and museum facility for the Sydney Heritage Fleet (SHF) in Bank Street. The development, underneath the deck of the Anzac Bridge and fronting onto Blackwattle Bay, will also serve as a berthing point for the […]

Eight-building complex approved for Balmain waterfront

A development application (DA) for an eight-building apartment complex to be built on the Balmain waterfront has been approved, despite vocal opposition from residents and politicians. Redevelopment of the Nutrimetics site on Elliott Street was knocked back by the state government’s Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) in 2012, and rejected again on appeal in the […]

Council to overhaul local planning assessments

Leichhardt councillors will no longer have authority over any planning decisions, under a radical overhaul of the council’s development application process. Rather than councillors deciding on applications at Building and Development meetings, an expert-led Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) will be set up, following a vote at an extraordinary council meeting on May 6. […]

Babies and bowlers a stepping stone to success, says club

The struggling Balmain Bowling Club is set to pin its hopes on a much younger crowd as talks progress to lease out part of its premises for a childcare centre, despite strong opposition from some members. The smaller of the 135-year-old club’s two bowling greens will be leased to childcare provider My Stepping Stones, which […]