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Woollahra Council approves six storey development for Double Bay

BY CHARLOTTE GRIEVE Despite strong community resistance, on Monday night Woollahra Council passed a motion to approve a six storey development plan for Cross Street in Double Bay. The $12.5 million development will feature five levels of luxury apartments and six commercial units on the ground floor. It has been the subject of numerous public […]

Moore wins historic fourth term

BY LUCAS BAIRD Clover Moore won a historic fourth term as the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney at the council elections on Saturday, 10 September. Ms Moore won the mayorship comfortably with a swing of approximately eight per cent towards her, despite controversial business voting reforms, which were expected to favour her opponent, […]

‘Green Clover’ reigns over City

BY JORDAN FERMANIS Perhaps the party that was hit the hardest by Clover Moore’s historic fourth term as Lord Mayor was the Greens. In the 2008 City of Sydney Council election the Greens vote was at a healthy 14 per cent. In 2012, it dropped to 6.53 per cent whilst currently the Greens vote stands […]

Former High Court Judge calls plebiscite on marriage equality unconstitutional

By Jordan Fermanis Speaking at an Amnesty International event at the Waverley Library on Tuesday 6 September, Former Justice High Court Judge Michael Kirby addressed a number of issues relating to human rights. In 2013, Mr Kirby was appointed by the United Nations to lead an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea which […]

State Government under fire after Inner-West Council loses third general manager

BY LUCAS BAIRD A former Leichhardt councillor has condemned the State Government’s “reckless and demeaning” approach to the community in the wake of the resignation of the Inner West Council’s General Manager. On Thursday September 1, the Interim General Manager for the Council, Vanessa Chan, became the third General Manager to resign from the Inner […]

Businesses come out for City pre-poll

BY LUCAS BAIRD The business vote reforms in Sydney looks are set to hurt incumbent Mayor, Clover Moore, as business owners showed up in force at the Town Hall pre-polling booths voicing their displeasure. The reforms which were passed by the State Government in July, give businesses two votes instead of one in the City […]

Labor preferences Clover

BY KRISTEN TSIAMIS Linda Scott, Labor’s candidate for Lord Mayor, has confirmed her party’s preferences will go to Clover Moore and the Greens. According to Cr Scott, this decision was made based on “ the shared values we are concerned about.” Cr Scott stated that “if Lord Mayor Clover Moore were truly progressive, she would […]

University responds to sexual assault protest with silence

BY CHARLOTTE GRIEVE On August 27, a student protest coincided with the University of Sydney’s Open Day. Organised by the university’s women’s collective, approximately 20 students took over the Eastern Avenue Auditorium where prospective parents were being briefed by the Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson. The students were protesting the University’s handling of reports of sexual assault […]

Resilience: Erko School pauses to reflect

By Jordan Fermanis On Saturday 3 September, Erskineville Public School welcomed the public to celebrate one of its most notable teachers. Accompanied by the celebration of history, was a reminder of the adversity the school overcame almost ten years ago, when it was marked to close down by the then Carr government. Saturday’s event was […]

Two votes make Greens doubly mad

BY Lindsay Johnston The NSW Government introduction of two votes for business is a divisive and damaging piece of legislation. It pitches the value of the business vote as being twice as important as a resident’s vote, and it pitches those who live outside the City of Sydney as being more valuable than business owners […]