City News

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 […]

City Council to live-stream meetings

By MAX TILLMAN The City of Sydney Council will begin live-streaming meetings from 10 Feb, ending an enduring debate that has seen independent and liberal councillors advocate for the technology within the chamber. “The Committee meetings will be streamed on 10 February, followed by Council meetings the week after,” a spokesperson for The City of […]

Sydney Park farts methane again

by ALEC SMART Like a cud-chewing cow belching ozone-depleting gases, Sydney Park, the former brickworks and garbage dump in St Peters, is burping and farting methane from landfill gas below again. Two areas in the park were fenced-off recently and the park’s managers, City of Sydney, are monitoring the emissions. Signs attached to the fencing […]

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 […]

Bushfires bring out the best (and worst) of Australians

by ALEC SMART The apocalyptic bushfires raging across Australia, incinerating millions of hectares of forest and decimating an estimated 1.5 billion animals, are bringing out the best and, unfortunately, the worst in Australians as we work together to solve the crisis. Over $35million has been donated to the Red Cross Disaster Response and Recovery Fund […]

Dendy’s leaving Opera Quays

By MAX TILLMAN Dendy Cinemas is giving up its Opera Quays location after twenty years, as the company’s lease on the property won’t be renewed from March 2019. Their last screening will be on Weds 26 Feb. With panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the site will reopen under new management by larger independent, United Cinemas […]

From ScoMo to Scummo in slippery steps

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE A week is a long time in politics and last week must have seemed an eternity for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. That is if Morrison has any ability to reflect at all on his actions that have seen him go from ScoMo the affable to Scummo the slippery. Where the bloody […]

Navy’s unwanted Xmas gift to Potts Point

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,” says the 19th-century poem. Yet outside people’s homes and at the letter boxes of number 20 Wylde Street, Potts Point, our Australian Defence Department was in mouse-like fashion scurrying about secreting a […]

The political endorsement of extinction

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Prime Minister Scott Morrison maintained a business-as-usual approach in response to last September's School Strike 4 Climate rallies. Despite the protests attracting record-breaking crowds across the nation, Morrison complained that the student strikers were responsible for creating "needless anxiety" in children. Needless anxiety is certainly not how you would describe the […]

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 […]