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About Lanie Tindale

I am a Sydney-based journalist. lanie@altmedia.net.au.

Mething with Ice

By Erika Echternach Methamphetamine (meth) addiction is a worldwide issue and Sydney could be at the centre of the solution.   A team of researchers at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney will test whether administering the ADHD medication lisdexamfetamine to people suffering from ice addiction can eliminate their dependency on meth.  Although the medication is typically […]

Putting Enmore’s last BNB to bed

By Lanie Tindale When guests venture through the gold gate and path leading to TARA Guest House, they are greeted at the front door by Oscar the border collie, who clambers at the window, eager for pats and cuddles from his new friend. Lately there haven’t been many visitors to Enmore’s last bed and breakfast. […]

Solar soars after renewable investments

 By Rickie Hardiman The City of Sydney has increased its $18 million environment budget with an added $4.5 million to encourage the use of renewable energy over the next four years. The intention is to support more solar panels on residential and commercial buildings along with inviting large-scale investment in renewables. The Lord Mayor is […]

Developers Eye-Off Oxford St

by John Moyle Oxford Street is still reeling after the City of Sydney recently put three blocks of council-owned prime location retail and commercial premises up for expressions of interest for a 99-year lease. “It’s effectively selling them off, as 99 years is more than any of our lifetimes,” Councillor Professor Kerryn Phelps said. The […]

Banking on life-changing arts programs

By Erika Echternach While recent headlines blazon interest rate rigging, misconduct and other allegations against Westpac, the bank attempted to distract from this negative press by promoting its community grants application which closed Friday 8 June.   Each year the Westpac Foundation’s Community Grants Program distributes $10,000 to 200 local charities. Although Westpac rakes in $8.1 […]

Navy should sail into sunset

By Andrew Woodhouse The 30 hectare Garden Island site is the most prized single piece of real estate in Australia with developers and cruise ship lines salivating over its dollar potential and crawling over each other’s backs to get it. In European times Garden Island was colonised when a few sailors from HMS Sirius, the […]

Moore construction, less park

by Sophie Stockman   Taxpayer’s money is being funnelled into controversial development projects that are restructuring the Moore Park precinct.  The development of entertainment and sporting venues within Moore Park are currently threatening the intended purpose of the space as a public area for recreational use. The demolition proposal of Allianz Stadium is being pushed […]

Woking Delicious

by Rita Bratovich Wok Station Thai Restaurant has an enviable location diagonally opposite Union Square in Pyrmont, making it a great pit stop for passing commuters, a convenient place to meet for lunch and a handy spot to have dinner before a night out - or as a night out itself.  The cantina style interior gives […]

Tenancy reforms help women leave violence

By Lanie Tindale  Proposed NSW tenancy law reforms allowing domestic violence victims to end their tenancies immediately, has widespread support among politicians and domestic violence specialists.   These changes mean that domestic violence victims will be able to terminate their tenancy without penalty and will prevent them from being blacklisted by landlords because of property damage caused by an abusive partner. Senior solicitor Kellie McDonald […]

Class act brings on class action

by John Moyle The Sydney Light Rail project has another headache coming its way as businesses and residents along its route are about to launch a class action suit for losses and damages to property.  The class action will be brought by CBD cafe owner and City of Sydney councillor Angela Vithouklas, who has had her […]