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Fight for sexual abuse inquest

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) is fighting for an inquest into sexual abuse inflicted on care leavers while in orphanages. The advocacy group, founded for Australians who grew up in institutional care, received a national apology from Kevin Rudd to the care leavers earlier this year and this is their next mission. The two founding […]

YMCA focused on uniting families

The City of Sydney Centres managed by the YMCA have launched family-orientated programs aimed at promoting exercise and inclusiveness. Research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies found only seven per cent of parents spend six to seven days of the week in active play with their children, compared to 30 per cent of parents […]

Fire Brigade to fight closures

Fire and rescue services in NSW will suffer temporary closures due to the State Government’s $64 million budget cut. After fears over increased fire services response time, the Fire Brigade Employees Union is determined to fight closures to keep the community protected. Secretary of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union, Jim Casey spoke of these concerns. […]

City rethinking street art policy

The City of Sydney is set to review its policies on murals, street art and graffiti. The decision comes after controversy caused by the NSW Government and RailCorp proposal to build a City Relief Line. Had this been approved it would have resulted in the demolition of 39 Pine St, which has a mural pained […]

Disability funding cut sparks uproar

Over 100 people attended a rally organised by the Public Services Assocaition (PSA) and Families Against Disability Discrimination on July 15 demanding the State Government restores funding for students with low level disabilities. Funding cuts from the Every Student Every School Initiative (ESES) will commence from term three. General Secretary of PSA, John Cahill urged […]

Council: Sustainable Sydney saves you money

Property owners and developers who invest in Sustainable Sydney 2030 initiatives can apply for exemptions from the development contribution levy. Initiatives include energy and water-saving measures, green roofs and affordable housing. Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP spoke of the importance of sustainable living for the future. Ms Moore said: “Sydney needs more buildings like the […]

Donation appeal ignites gay blood debate

While the Red Cross needs 27,000 blood donations every week across Australia to help save lives, gay men continue to be eliminated from the blood gathering process. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are not allowed to donate at the risk of passing on blood-borne diseases, unless they declare celibacy for 12 months. Gay […]

Notre Dame expansion controversy

Last Thursday the development application (DA) by the University of Notre Dame for 1- 7 Moorgate was made available for viewing. After calls for the proposal not to be considered by the City of Sydney Council, Notre Dame disclosed their expansion plans. Chippendale Residents Interest Group said overprojections and a lack of clarity regarding the […]

Fate of underground club in limbo

Last week Sydney’s premier music venue went back on the market after a sucessful 13 years of thrilling audiences. The Basement has been enjoyed by the likes of Prince and Piers Brosnan and played host to the talents of Lloyd Cole, Dizzy Gillespie and Vince Jones among others. It’s been reputed as “One of the […]

Kings Cross workshop leaves residents disgruntled

The Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP held a City of Sydney workshop last week to resolve the crime and anti-social behaviour in Kings Cross. Ms Moore said on her website that a community effort will help rejuvenate the area. “To get Kings Cross working, we need a coordinated response - and to develop this, we […]