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Game over: tennis contract rejected

Rory Miles, operator of the Rushcutters Bay tennis courts for the past 27 years, has rejected the new contract offered by the City of Sydney. The tendering process for the job has been troubled, with three Council meetings dominated by residents supporting Mr Miles packing out the public gallery. Council originally wanted a single private […]

Council downgrades cottage heritage from ‘high’ to ‘nil’

The City’s intention to demolish the Caretaker’s cottage at Rushcutters Bay tennis courts has received a major setback based on its heritage assessments. The 2001 Conservation Management Plan, obtained from Council by protesters, classed the cottage as having the highest level of social significance, and recommended it stay. Council documents show the cottage was designed […]

The ‘Loo loses car spots but gets its bus back

The ever-changing 311 bus route connecting Central Station, Elizabeth Bay, Woolloomooloo, and the City north will be re-routed through residential streets in Woolloomooloo after major changes to parking and traffic, if a plan by the City of Sydney and the Department of Transport is adopted. STA buses on the route have stopped using Bourke St […]

Hole in the ground to sprout apartments

A large hole in the ground on the site of the former Sydney Eye Hospital in Woolloomooloo is set to become twin seven-storey apartment blocks. The hole has been gathering puddles and graffiti since the late 1990s when a three-story building, built in 1974, was demolished. It had been a wing of the older Eye […]

Pole Poster of the week

Catholic saints seem to be making a comeback in inner Sydney. This plea to find a missing dog, pole-posted in Rushcutters Bay, was endorsed in pencil with the following: “St Francis od Assissi, patron of pets, and St Anthony of Padua, patron of lost things, please get this pet back! Thank you, Amen.” Here's hoping […]

Police seek men over Kings Cross assault

Detectives have released closed-circuit television images of two men they believe might be able to assist with their inquiries over a nightclub assault at Kings Cross. About 4.20am on Saturday October 30, an argument occurred among four men inside a Darlinghurst Road club. A 22-year-old man suffered a broken jaw in the incident, while another […]

‘Drill though my hand’ offer stalls demolition

Residents continue to occupy the Caretaker’s cottage at Rushcutters Bay tennis courts, after clashing with demolition workers sent by the City of Sydney. Here is my diary of the first confrontations. 6.30am, Thursday 18 Nov: Homeless squatter sleeping in vacated groundsman’s cottage at Rushcutters Bay Tennis Courts woken by City of Sydney contractors smashing 1930s […]

Occupation and siege: an ugly end as Clover clearfells truth

Residents last week occupied the groundsman’s cottage at Rushcutters Bay Tennis Courts, determined to stop Council from demolishing it. Courts manager Rory Miles, after a long battle with Council to keep the position, had moved out of the house after living it it for the best part of 25 years. He was poised at the […]

Letter: Respect the fallen

Lawrence Hargrave Reserve, Kings Cross, should not be demolished by Sydney Council if works are to obliterate the Memorial erected in June 2005 to those who sacrificed their lives serving Australia ("Remembering Kings Cross Style," November 18). This memorial, now being registered, includes a brass plaque set into a concrete wall while the important garden bed surrounds […]

‘Hi Mum, you’re going to be a grannie’

Urban Grandma life in the Granny lane One hot, humid, January evening, my son called and asked if he could ‘pop around ’ a rare treat for Mum.  I iced some cold beers and waited.  He appeared, walking tall and proud rapping to himself, his scaffolding tools swinging from his hips. Was this really my […]