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Bondi Beach more wheelchair-friendly

by ALEC SMART Waverley Council is improving disabled access to popular tourist spot Bondi Beach, which, on hot summer days, can attract up to 40,000 people. On Sat 1 Feb at 11am they’re launching Access Bondi, the official opening of the new accessible ramp at North Bondi, near the Wally Weekes and North Bondi Children’s. […]

A light rail ramble

Opinion by JACKSON SIMON There has been withering criticism of Sydney’s new light rail line from Randwick to Circular Quay. Many claim that it’s too slow and unreliable, so Jackson Simon travelled on the service to find out more. Trams -v- busses The journey from Randwick to Circular Quay typically takes around 38 minutes by […]

‘Selfie’ kills tourist

By MAX TILLMAN A 21-year-old backpacker has died falling from a cliff in Sydney’s east, marking the second tragic fall in five months, following the death of a 27-year-old Sydney woman in August of last year. Madelyn Davis, from Lincoln in the UK, died last Sunday morning after leaving a party with friends to watch […]

Future water: desalination or preservation?

by ALEC SMART The NSW Government Water Minister, Melinda Pavey, has directed the operators of Sydney’s desalination plant to expand the premises as soon as possible to cope with the ongoing drought. The plant, near Captain Cook’s landing place in Kurnell on the southern side of Botany Bay, will double in size and output to […]

More injecting centres thread the needle

by JOHN MOYLE A recent coronial inquest into the overdose death of a young man in the toilets of Liverpool Hospital has called for a medically supervised injecting centre to be established in the area. The report by Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame said “there is clear evidence arising from this inquest which supports a […]

2019: oh what a lovely/horrible year

2019 year in review by ALEC SMART January City Hub begins the year reporting on the proposed demolition and replacement of the Sydney Football Stadium, known commercially as the Allianz Stadium, at Moore Park. Ironically, in the last week of 2019, City Hub is again reporting on it following the announcement the NSW Govt will […]

Stadium budget blowout

By ASHNA BHARKHADA The Sydney Football Stadium rebuild will cost the NSW Govt $99 million more than expected, as details of the new contract signed with builder John Holland emerged on 18 Dec. The new contract for stage two of the project is worth $735 million, escalating the total estimated cost for the new arena, […]

Religious Freedom Bill restricts freedoms

By ELIZA SPENCER The coalition government’s second drafting of a bill expands powers to discriminate, based on religious belief. Amendments to the divisive Religious Freedom Bill have brought about significant backlash from advocates and individuals across the nation. The amendments expand the powers of religious institutions to hire and fire to “avoid injury to the […]

Blow up the pokies

by JOHN MOYLE In 2000 Tim Freedman of Australian band The Whitlams urged us to “Blow Up The Pokies” and that sentiment is even more urgent today. That Australians love to gamble is an understatement when the national gambling records for 2017-2018 reveals they bet more than $208 billion across all legal forms of wagering, […]

UNSW sacks Indigenous artist

By WENDY BACON Thirty artists and academics, including several significant Indigenous artists, have vowed to boycott University of New South Wales galleries unless they reappoint long-term Indigenous staff member and Director of Indigenous Programs Tess Allas, whose contract was terminated in October. Allas, who has worked at UNSW Art and Design for more than 13 […]