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Councils coy on amalgamations

Waverley Council has refused to guarantee a public referendum on a potential amalgamation with surrounding Local Government Areas (LGAs). Councils across Sydney are being urged to prepare submissions for the NSW Government regarding potential amalgamations and mergers under proposals from the Government’s Fit for the Future reform document. Fit for the Future recommends a merger […]

Local councils join community groups to oppose Millers Point sell-off

Inner city councils, including Leichhardt and Marrickville, have joined community group Friends of Miller’s Point in opposing the selling off of public housing by the NSW Liberal Government. Friends of Miller’s Point is now made up of MPs, tenants, and public housing advocacy groups. In April, the NSW Government announced plans to sell off public […]

News in brief

Controversy heightens over Pyrmont Bridge garden Plans by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) to install a vertical garden on the Pyrmont Bridge have been criticised by Bicycle NSW. The AMAZE project aims to use the organic waste from surrounding amenities at Darling Harbour to fertilise the garden and showcase the benefits of sustainable composting. […]

News in brief

By Nick Richardson Concerns build over UrbanGrowth Memorandum The City of Sydney has voted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UrbanGrowth NSW in support of the NSW government plans to develop the inner city. The move makes UrbanGrowth NSW the primary agency for the development and renewal of inner Sydney, including the Central-Eveleigh […]

Bondi art culture flourishing as school expands

Waverley Woollahra Art School in Bondi has announced a series of new classes and tutors for the incoming third term of the year, increasing the range of classes available and expanding classes for new students. The school has been in operation since 1968 and, alongside newer arts events in Bondi such as Bondi Feast and […]

Concern building over future of women’s homelessness support

Community concern is continuing to build over the future of specialist women’s homelessness services under the NSW Government’s Going Home Staying Home reforms. A group called Save Our Women’s Services, which includes women’s homelessness service providers that were unsuccessful in the tender process, are working alongside MPs Linda Burney (Labor) and Alex Greenwich (Independent), to […]

City of Sydney embraces Leaky Drains

The City of Sydney voted unanimously on Monday (June 23) to support the expansion of the ‘Leaky Drains’ program from Chippendale community group Sustainable Chippendale. The motion was tabled by Liberal Councillor Christine Forster and received cross-party support from Cr Linda Scott (Labor) and Irene Doutney (Greens). The Leaky Drains initiative is part of the […]

Bronte RSL Club denies meeting illegitimate

Bronte RSL Club has denied accusations made by attendees of last week’s liquidation meeting that the decisions made were illegitimate and lacking in transparency. Newly elected President of the Bronte RSL Club and secretary of the sub-branch, Simon Paterson, stressed that only members were invited to the meeting and that the vote was legitimate. “At […]

Discontent grows over Chapel takeover

The Sydney Presbytery of the Uniting Church will meet this Tuesday (June 24) at a Special Meeting of the Presbytery to determine whether they will proceed with or reverse the decision to dissolve the congregation at Bondi’s Chapel by the Sea. The ministry was dissolved on May 26. Reverend John Queripel, who led the congregation, […]

Waverley Council supports continued funding for women’s homelessness

Waverley Council voted unanimously to seek the continuation of funding for women’s refuges and specialist women’s homelessness support services in the inner city and eastern suburbs at a council meeting held last Tuesday (June 17). The council will formally write to State Member for Vaucluse and NSW Minister for Community Services, Gabrielle Upton, to clarify […]