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Callan Park Master Plan to be altered

A motion to make amendments to the Callan Park Master Plan has been met with outrage from Greens Councillors and residents. At the October 23 Leichhardt Council meeting, Mayor Darcy Byrne successfully passed a motion requesting the State Government make amendments to the Master Plan through the inclusion of a sporting field on the Veterans Field site. All Labor and Liberal […]

Outrage as Parramatta Road motorway plans progress

Greens MPs have spoken out against plans for a Parramatta Rd motorway, outlined in Infrastructure NSW’s 20-year plan released this month. The report identifies plans for a $10 billion ‘WestConnex’ motorway as the highest priority project to be completed in the next ten years. Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker, and Greens transport spokesperson, Cate Faehrmann, believe Infrastructure NSW’s priorities for transport will compound congestion […]

$650,000 revenue could be lost for free parking

Half an hour free parking in parts of the Leichhardt municipality could cost Council $650,000 in lost revenue each year, based on figures from the first week of a three-month trial. After beginning on September 3, the parking trial is in the process of evaluation. An independent parking review is to establish what can be done to fix Leichhardt’s ongoing parking problems and revitalise flagging local […]

Last minute mess at Leichhardt Council

With equal representation in all three parties, the Greens, the Liberal and the Labor parties scurried to broker deals only minutes prior to the September 25 Mayoral election. The Liberal party proposed a three-way deal splitting the Mayoral responsibility, while the Labor Party and Greens made an unsuccessful attempt at placing tensions aside for the sake of the […]

Darcy Byrne elected as Mayor

At just 31-years-old, Labor's Darcy Byrne is among the youngest Mayor Leichhardt Council has ever had. The Leichhardt resident attended Balmain Primary School and later Balmain High School, and said it was his own difficult childhood that motivated him to work in youth services and eventually inspired him to become Mayor for his people. “I didn’t have the […]

Labor wins big at unorthodox Mayoral elections

While the results of the Leichhardt Council Mayoral elections saw the appointment of both a Labor Mayor and Deputy Mayor, the course of proceedings was anything but ordinary. Only one nomination for Mayor had been lodged prior to the evening of the election, which was that of the Greens incumbent Rochelle Porteous. In a surprising turn […]

Liberals move into the Inner West

The Liberal Party is basking in its new-found popularity in the inner west amid a state-wide swing towards the right. Marrickville Council is welcoming the first-ever Liberal councilors in its 150-year history, while Leichhardt Council has its first ever Liberal Councillor in Annandale Ward in Vera-Ann Hannaford. Mark Gardiner and Rosana Tyler, the two newly […]

Community aghast over Green Paper

With the public submission phase now complete, residents in the Inner West are apprehensive about the State Government’s strategy to change local planning powers outlined in the Green Paper. Locals fear the State Government are taking developmental planning powers away from local councils and residents, and placing them directly into the hands of the developers. Marrickville resident, Adrienne Shilling said she is concerned the proposed changes […]

Leichhardt Council in election deadlock

Conjecture and innuendo surrounds the final formation of Leichhardt Council, after a three-way tie arose when the voting count finished last week. Labor, the Liberals and the Greens have each won four positions on Council, taking one seat each from all of the four wards: Balmain, Rozelle, Leichhardt and Annandale Ward. While the last term of government saw the Greens return a majority stronghold, an unlikely […]

Labor alarmed by Liberal dominance

The Labor Party have voiced their consternation over the swing towards the Liberals in last Saturday’s Waverley Council elections. Current Mayor John Wakefield said the outcome leaves Labor as the “minority.” “It’s a completely disappointing result,” he said. “As the minority we can affect very little.” There was a bittersweet win in the Waverley Ward for Cr […]