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Shake-up for Clover’s spin doctors

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s media team is set for a shake-up, with the Office of the Lord Mayor (OLM) advertising for a new Senior Communications Officer. In a job description posted on employment website Seek, the role was advertised as a fixed term contract to January 2017. "This is a rare opportunity to be […]

Gutsy Challenge in the CBD

"Gastrointestinal cancer isn’t a cancer you can wrap up with a pink bow – there’s a lot of stigma attached to it and people don’t want to talk about it openly." So says Judy Honor, a member of the Australasian Gastrointestinal Trials Group (AGITG) Consumer Advisory Panel. But Ms Honor, a GI cancer survivor herself, […]

News in brief

Library, Council team up The State Library of NSW is partnering with Randwick City Library in a new initiative to give library members free 24/7 access to millions of online resources. From October 10, every resident in the Randwick LGA with a library card can tap into free e-resources offered by the State Library including […]

What the doctors ordered

The bright, sunny office overlooking Glebe Point Rd doesn’t exactly bring to mind the bloody conflicts of the world – but as the Australian headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), it’s an engine room of one of the world’s biggest providers of medical humanitarian aid. Since 1971, MSF (known in English as ‘Doctors Without Borders’) […]

Occupy continues to defy

Occupy Sydney has announced it will mark its second anniversary in Martin Place with a day of music, speeches, solar cooking demonstrations and free food. The group will celebrate two years in the heart of Sydney’s financial district on Saturday, October 12 – the closest Saturday to the two-year anniversary on October 15. Occupy Sydney […]

Lynda’s fight for animal rights

Lynda Stoner can remember the exact moment that led her to become one of Australia’s leading animal rights activists. "It was nearly 40 years ago and I was visiting my parents’ place in South Australia. The TV was showing footage of harp seal pups being battered and skinned alive. I just couldn’t get it out […]

News in brief

Chalk ‘graffiti’ laws prohibit rainbow crossings Legislation has been introduced into NSW Parliament to ban the use of chalk on any premises without the permission of the owner. The plan would effectively prohibit chalked rainbow crossings and even children’s games such as hopscotch on footpaths and streets. Greens MP David Shoebridge said: "This Government is […]

Concerns raised over ‘Keep It Local’ initiative

The City of Sydney Council’s ‘Keep It Local’ push has become a point of contention, with some of the City’s own councillors questioning the initiative’s purpose and independence. Liberal Councillor Edward Mandla has alleged the initiative is nothing more than an attack on NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s attempts to reform local council boundaries, while both […]

Councillor defends right to ask questions

City of Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas has defended her right to ask questions, after claiming the City’s CEO asked her to withdraw a Question on Notice directed to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Questions on Notice are posed in writing at least a week before Council meetings, to give respondents time to research their answers. […]

Business calls for greater voice at elections

Key business figures and councillors are calling for changes to the electoral roll, to ensure a greater voice for business in local government elections. In a situation unique to the Sydney LGA, businesses are allowed to vote in local government elections under the City of Sydney Act 1988 – however, the roll is wiped at the conclusion of […]