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The Holidays – Real Feel

Four years after their debut album Post Paradise, Sydney band The Holidays are back with a hook-laden follow-up. Despite the long wait, there are no signs of ‘difficult second album syndrome’. Set against a dreamy soundscape, Real Feel doesn’t quite fit any pigeonhole. It has elements of guitar-based indie pop but it’s more diverse than […]

Local MPs to introduce same-sex marriage bill

The NSW Cross Party Marriage Equality Working Group – made up of Greens, Labor, Liberal, National and independent MPs – will introduce legislation to state parliament seeking to give same-sex couples the right to marry in NSW. At time of writing, the NSW Same-Sex Marriage Bill was due to be introduced by Labor MLC Penny […]

New CCTV cameras fast-tracked

The rollout of new CCTV cameras to trouble spots within the City of Sydney LGA has been fast-tracked, after a motion by Liberal Councillor Christine Forster was approved at Monday night’s Council meeting. The motion noted that alcohol-related violence was a complex issue and that its mitigation involved various authorities including the State Government, NSW […]

City lends hand to bushfire victims

The City of Sydney Council resolved on Monday to extend financial and moral support to communities affected by fires, as the NSW bushfire crisis continued. At a full meeting of Council, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore put forward a motion calling on the City to donate $100,000 to the Australian Red Cross NSW Disaster Relief […]

Sydney libraries get free, paperless books

In a boon for Sydney bookworms, e-books have arrived at City of Sydney Council libraries, with more than 1,000 titles across a range of genres now available to loan. With no limit on how many titles can be borrowed, and no reservations required, the titles are available 24/7 and are automatically ‘returned’ when the borrowing […]

News in brief

Plibersek elected Deputy Opposition Leader Federal Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek has been elected Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party. Ms Plibersek was appointed Deputy Opposition Leader on Sunday during a Labor caucus meeting in Canberra, shortly after Labor MP Bill Shorten was elected party leader. “I am so overwhelmed,” Ms Plibersek told reporters […]

Fears major bus routes will be cut

There are fears major bus services serving Sydney’s inner east will be cut, with the NSW Long Term Transport Masterplan appearing to show that a raft of bus routes serving Darlinghurst and Surry Hills will be scrapped. While the masterplan does not specifically spell out the fate of the services, the blueprint for Sydney’s transport […]

Asia – and Adam – on your doorstep

Sydney is arguably up there with Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo as one of the culinary and cultural hotspots of the Asian region. The onetime Anglo-Celtic nature of Sydney, itself an aberration after thousands of years of Aboriginal settlement, is clearly taking on an Asian countenance, with Asian influences extending well beyond the Harbour […]

Sydney councillors slam local government conference

The first annual Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Conference, hosted in Sydney from October 1-3, has been branded a disappointment by City of Sydney councillors of various political hues. Criticisms of the content and calibre of the conference were expressed, with complaints about sexism looming especially large. In a statement released late last week, Greens Councillor […]

News in brief

Watch out, cane about NSW motorists are urged to be aware of blind and vision impaired pedestrians ahead of International White Cane Day on Tuesday October 15. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT revealed worrying new figures which showed one in two clients who are blind or vision impaired have had a near miss with a vehicle over […]