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Pressure building on Council library budget

Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne has launched a scathing attack on the State Government for reducing funding for the inner west’s library services. The State Government, which was at one stage responsible for 50 per cent of library costs, now only funds five per cent of library services. The move has left Leichhardt Council with a […]

Glebe Island Expo to become a “white elephant”

Leichhardt councillors have stepped up their campaign against the State Government’s decision to approve the Glebe Island Expo development. Mayor Darcy Byrne condemned the move by the NSW Department for Planning and Infrastructure, arguing the plan is impractical. "The government has stubbornly refused to consider improving access to the [Glebe Island] Exhibition Centre and is […]

Leichhardt residents fight energy provider

Charles St residents and parents Terry Reynolds and Evan Pearson are gravely concerned by Ausgrid’s plans to lay 132,000 voltage cables underground down the street. Mr Reynolds has two children under the age of six and fears that the high voltage cables - touted to run down Charles and Elswick Streets in Leichhardt - pose […]

Affordable housing a reality for people with disabilities

UnitingCare Ageing has entered into a partnership with Leichhardt Council to deliver affordable housing for inner west locals living with a disability, by redeveloping Annesley House and Harold Hawkins Court. Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne welcomed the move aimed at the inner west elderly. "It’s really exciting that UnitingCare made this approach and are serious about […]

Rugby Union legend raising funds for cancer

Cancer Council volunteers are making the final laps in their fundraising efforts for the Eastern Suburbs Relay For Life. Having been touched by cancer himself, rugby union legend Mark Ella decided to donate his time for raising some much needed funds for cancer research and support. "I think it’s a worthy cause," said Mr Ella. […]

O’Farrell Government “stealing” residential rights

Fresh after the release of the Planning White Paper, Leichhardt politicians are arguing the O’Farrell Government has broken its election promise to return planning powers to local residents and councils. Greens Councillor Rochelle Porteous was damning on the findings of the paper, lamenting that democracy will effectively be removed from the planning process. "The really […]

Councillors staying up past bedtime

The efficacy of Leichhardt Council meetings was called into question on Tuesday night after councillors lamented they were increasingly unable to cover all motions at the ordinary meetings. Several recent Council meetings have run well into the night - sometimes as late as 2am. Mayor Darcy Byrne launched a three-month trial in which Council meetings […]

Claims live music precinct should be pokie-free

While a motion for a Parramatta Rd Live Music Precinct was passed at the last Leichhardt Council meeting, the Greens proposed that the Precinct also become a "pokie free zone". A packed gallery - including the National Live Music Coordinator from Sounds Australia, Dr Ianto Ware, Kristy Brown from Music NSW and varied musicians - […]

Precinct meetings “undermined” by Council

Residents and the Greens have labelled a motion to improve community engagement as "disrespectful" to precinct committees. While ways to best employ social media technologies were unanimously approved by Leichhardt Council, the motion pertaining to the improvement of precinct meetings was voted against by the Greens’ councillors and Liberal Vera-Ann Hannaford. Annandale resident Gretchen Gamble […]

Budget cuts force inner west fire stations to close

The State Government’s budget cuts to employee-related expenses in the NSW Fire and Rescue budget have forced the short-term closures of the Leichhardt and Balmain fire stations’. The closures have outraged Greens politicians and community advocates alike, with Balmain Greens MP Jamie Parker taking aim at the government for risking public safety. "When the public […]