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Mr Mambo eyes up New Year’s Eve

The distinctive artwork of Reg Mombassa will decorate the city as he takes on the role of New Year’s Eve cultural ambassador. Mr Mombassa has had a long and varied artistic career. He is a Mambo artist, has had numerous solo exhibitions of his paintings, worked on graphics for the 2000 Olympics, and played with […]


Summer in the park with great tunes, champagne and French fare, that’s So Frenchy, So Chic in the Park. As part of the Sydney Festival, So Frenchy, So Chic in the Park is coming to Sydney with a line-up of France’s most renowned musicians. “It’s a picnic in the park. People come, lay on the […]


Dance theatre company KAGE are back with Forklift, a dance-circus performance that couples a two and a half ton forklift with three dance performers. Part of the Sydney Festival's About an Hour series, Forklift is a high-risk performance with a difference, as three women perform on and drive around in a forklift. "It’s obviously an […]

Consultant blasts energy plan

An independent sustainability coach has slammed parts of the City of Sydney’s Renewable Energy Plan adopted at a council meeting on Monday. Michael Mobbs, a former environmental lawyer now associate lecturer at the University of Technology, described points of the plan related to anaerobic digestion of food waste as “deeply misleading” and “obscene”. Anaerobic digestion […]

Pyrmont brothel banished

Pyrmont residents and office workers are applauding the City of Sydney’s decision to refuse a proposed brothel at 200 Harris St. The building’s rear entrance, on Paternoster Row near the Quarrymans Hotel, is only three doors from an existing brothel and 80 metres from a childcare centre. Liberal councillor Edward Mandla said the addition of […]

Laneway terror, but no CCTV

The City of Sydney will install 10 new CCTV cameras in the CBD, Kings Cross and Surry Hills at an immediate cost of $350,000. The decision is a win for Liberal councillor Christine Forster, who moved for the project to be fast-tracked in October. She told City News the council had initially been resistant toward […]

Trees uprooted for tram line

City of Sydney Labor councillor Linda Scott has raised concerns over the clearing of 780 trees as part of the CBD and South East Light Rail project. The new tracks will also eliminate around 900 parking spaces between the City and Randwick. “One of my main concerns is the removal of 780 trees along the […]


Presented by SUDS (Sydney University Dramatic Society), A Christmas Caucus promises to be a raucous night of Christmas pantomime that gives the classic tale a contemporary Australian political twist. “It’s a reimagining of A Christmas Carol with Tony Abbott as Scrooge,” says co-director Joseph Istiphan. “He’s visited by three spirits - the ghosts of Caucus […]

Heritage listing divides government, appeases communities

Community groups and local councils have welcomed NSW Heritage Minister Robyn Parker’s decision to place Glebe Island Bridge on the state’s heritage list. But the move has sparked resistance from the government’s roads minister, Duncan Gay, who recommended it be demolished based on an independent cost-benefit analysis. Ms Parker said the bridge, which is one […]

Credit clash over free parking – but is it enough?

Viewers of the ABC’s interview series with Paul Keating have been treated to a taste of the ongoing tension over who was responsible for the big and important economic reforms of the 1980s. The City of Sydney’s 15-minute free parking trial might not be quite as consequential, but it’s sparking a similar war of words […]