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Inner west unites against government administrator

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Inner west residents shouted down the administrator of a newly elected council at its first meeting on Tuesday night. Chanting “stop WestConnex”, the crowd forced newly appointed administrator Richard Pearson to collect his things and leave the meeting. Residents and protesters, furious with the government’s decision last fortnight to sack the council, […]

Tripping or just tapping out?

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The government’s decision last week to put a halt to free Opal trips after eight journeys but to keep price hikes on hold has been criticised as a blow to public transport use. Greens Transport Spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi said that the loss of the weekly travel reward of free trips after eight […]

Bondi antics attack democracy

BY GEORGIA FULLERTON Waverley Mayor Sally Betts used her casting vote to reverse a previously successful motion to hold a plebiscite on merging with neighbouring councils. With one Liberal Councillor absent at the previous meeting, Waverley Council voted to have a plebiscite on the question of merging with bordering municipalities of Woollahra and Randwick. Waverley […]

Albo says no more dollars for WestConnex

BY JORDAN FERMANIS Hundreds of people packed into the Balmain Town Hall last Thursday. On May 19 a public meeting was held by the No WestConnex community action group. The meeting was addressed by members of the No WestConnex Action Annandale branch, journalist Wendy Bacon, Greens candidate for Grayndler, Jim Casey and Labor MP for […]

Knowledge is power, but not in NSW

COMMENT --  KYLIE WINKWORTH This is the story of how Infrastructure NSW helped to stitch up the case to sell off the Powerhouse Museum (PHM) in Ultimo. In just two years the Powerhouse Museum moved from being an integral part of the arts ribbon around the harbour, and a priority for government investment, to being […]

Get the right pair of joggers for a better run

From Balmain to Glebe to Leichhardt, it’s no secret that people in the inner west like to run. At the twilight hour, the inner west is dotted with silhouettes of running bodies against the setting sun. Now the Athlete’s Foot at Broadway is helping you take the run to a whole new level, with finding […]

Bondi boos as Pavilion upheld

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS There was uproar and screams saying “off with her head” at Waverley Council Chambers last Saturday when a rescission motion to stop the controversial redevelopment of Bondi Pavilion failed. The council met at 8am last Saturday to vote on the rescission motion which would put a halt to the development application that […]

Second chance for former inmates

BY LUCAS BAIRD “Upon release I felt alienated from everyone around me. I felt that everyone was looking at me and everyone was looking down at me. I didn’t feel part of normal society.” This was the experience of Dan Baxter*. Who after two different stints in prison - one for ten years and the […]

Two to be charged following WestConnex protest

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Two men were charged with trespass on Saturday for occupying the roof of a home in Haberfield that will be demolished as part of the WestConnex toll road. In recent weeks the WestConnex has erected hoarding along some properties but the actual demolition that will turn swathes of the suburb into a […]

John Kaye, champion of public education

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS NSW Greens MP, John Kaye died on Monday night after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He was 60. John Kaye was born in Melbourne in 1955. He studied a bachelor of engineering at the University of Melbourne, as well as a Masters in Engineering Science. He received his PhD from […]