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Mayor works at Albo’s office

After Julia Gillard pledged $1 billion for the WestConnex Motorway, mounting concerns have developed over Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne working a second job at Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese’s office. Mr Byrne works three days as mayor and two days at Mr Albanese’s electorate, where he has been employed since 2010. Local residents informed the Inner […]

Council fights to cut back DA processing times

As Leichhardt Council continues its quest to abandon its title as the slowest council in NSW in processing development applications (DAs), policy changes have been introduced. While there has been significant improvement in average processing times of DAs in the last two terms of Council, Mayor Darcy Byrne and several councillors have acknowledged processing times […]

Parks and houses to be ripped up for WestConnex

Last Tuesday morning a small contingent of inner west residents called a snap protest in Ashfield Park opposing the building of the WestConnex Motorway. Comprised mostly of Greens’ politicians, the park was the chosen protest destination as one of a number of local parks at risk of being carved up under the Coalition State Government’s […]

Rozelle Towers traffic modelling “shambolic”

A State Government agency has labelled the traffic plan for the controversial Rozelle Towers development as "faulty" and "shambolic". The NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) and Transport for NSW have written to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure stating they cannot support the revised 25-storey proposal. The independent review ruled the traffic modelling the developers […]

Send in The Angels to save live music

Speculation continues to surround the fate of the Annandale Hotel, with musicians and politicians united in their bid for live music to survive at the famed pub. Iconic Australian rock band, The Angels have joined the chorus, voicing concerns the Annandale’s decent into receivership may herald the end of live music at the renowned venue. […]

Mental health facilities on hold

Staff from the Callan Park Wellness Centre staged a protest at the State Government’s decision to allow other entities to move into buildings earmarked for mental health services. 20 staff members inhabited buildings to be used by the NSW Ambulance Service from Sunday to Monday at Callan Park. The protest continued until police arrived. NSW […]

Callan Park upgrades deemed invalid

While Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne is excited to announce a $500,000 upgrade for the Balmain Rd sports field at Callan Park, claims have surfaced documentation approving the proposed floodlights is void. The legitimacy of plans to build four 18-metre light towers has come into question with the Heritage Council of NSW only approving 15-metre high […]

Grayndler seat candidates confirmed

Lawyer and university lecturer Dr Cedric Spencer has been confirmed as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Grayndler at this year’s Federal election. He joins the Greens’ Hall Greenland as a competitor for the seat traditionally regarded as a Labor stronghold, which is currently held by Anthony Albanese. If elected, Dr Spencer hopes to […]

Inner West mayors oppose forced amalgamations

Inner West mayors are uniting in condemnation of the possibility of merging council boundaries ahead of a report in March confirming whether forced local government amalgamations are recommended. In the wake of NSW Local Government Minister Don Page’s announcement last December the current council structure is unsustainable, speculation continues to rage over the prospect of […]

Rozelle Towers plans steam ahead

While the Planning Assessment Commission has still yet to pass a ruling on the controversial Rozelle Towers makeover, developers are already seeking expressions of interest for units in the large-scale development. Rozelle Towers has issued a message through its automated email stating “a key objective of the development is to bring the Leagues Club back […]