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NSW Govt tightens screws on community input

By MERRILL WITT Last month, NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes granted final approval for coal mining in three new longwalls, two of which will go beneath the heritage-listed Woronora reservoir that supplies water to Sutherland Shire and the northern suburbs of the Illawarra. Coal mining has already been blamed for disappearing water flows and contamination […]

NSW Covid-19 lockdown might end June 30

By JAMES HARRISON NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller announced on Tuesday 2 April that the state’s tough coronavirus laws will probably end in 90 days, with no current plan to extend them. The announcement came alongside NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian praising the people of NSW for helping flatten the COVID-19 curve and reducing the rate […]

Sam Wade – Living Through A Shutdown, A Comedian’s Perspective

I’m pretty sure 2020 did some shady shit back in the 80s because I have never seen something get so thoroughly and completely cancelled. We live in a time where most everything is shutdown, every job is essential and also completely expendable, where catching up with your mates is now a health hazard (unless you […]

Coronavirus: cats during the crisis

By ALEXI DEMETRIADI It is not just humans that have been forced inside with the outbreak of COVID-19, but also ‘man’s best friend’ – the humble cat. As workers across Sydney have had to work from home and limit outdoor activity, so too have animal shelters across the city. The effect of the virus and […]

Potts Point Businesses Surviving the Storm

With the coronavirus crisis and new government restrictions enforcing social distancing in place, businesses in Sydney are changing the way they do things. City Hub spoke to two Potts Point business owners about how they are reinventing themselves to weather the storm. Hamilton Kings, owner of Honkas, is teaming up with other businesses in a […]

Sydney Eastern Suburbs a COVID-19 hotspot

By ALLISON HORE Data released by NSW Health on 26 March reveals that Waverley is one of NSW’s hotspots for COVID-19. The area, which includes Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama and Vaucluse, recorded 105 infected out of NSW’s total of 1,405, the highest number of cases in the state. Nearby suburbs also recorded high counts of confirmed […]

Local council elections postponed

By MERRILL WITT If you’re thinking the coronavirus pandemic has thrown our liberal democratic order into disarray, you’re not wrong! On Weds 25 March the Minister for Local Government, Shellley Hancock, announced that the Sept 2020 local government elections will be “postponed to address the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus.” In all likelihood, they […]

Greens push for renter protections

By ALLISON HORE On Tuesday 24 March, amendments by the Greens to the NSW Parliament’s COVID-19 Emergency Measures Bill were successful, ensuring protections for renters would be included in the emergency response. “This isn’t just a human rights issue: it’s a health issue. You can’t stay home to social distance without a house. You can’t […]

Recycled materials make covid-19 masks

by TONY KALLEGEROS Reverse Garbage, a recycling organisation in Marrickville’s Addison Road Community Centre, called on the public to make masks to donate to Westmead Hospital. In a Facebook post on 25 March they asked “Crafters, we need you! The health professionals need face shields and have come to us for help. Along with the […]

Coronavirus catering: from dine-in to take-away

By ALEXI DEMETRIADI Australia’s bars and restaurants have shut their doors for dine-in service to halt the spread of COVID-19 and business plans across the country were simultaneously ripped apart over night. One saving grace for many of Sydney’s food and drink spots is that take-away has remained an option. Hundreds of venues had to […]