City News

Lights, camera, action: Film school finds new home

BY MICK ROBERTS   With the latest facilities, slap bang in the middle of Sydney's emerging entertainment precinct at Moore Park, film student Trinni Franke couldn't be happier about the Australian Film, Television and Radio School's new home. The 31-year-old film production student said despite the school relocating from North Ryde to Moore Park, the […]

Graffiti problem effects business says Alliance

BY MICK ROBERTS Rubbish dumping and graffiti are impacting on business around Kings Cross and Surry Hills according to a local retailers' group. The Surry Hills Business Alliance says rotten rubbish left on the streets is attracting rats and the smell is impacting on restaurants. Spokesman Brian Adams said street cleaning by the City of […]

Council jug-gles water use

BY SASCHA RYNER Only weeks after Ashfield, Manly, Auburn and Blacktown councils banned plastic water bottles from internal meetings, the City of Sydney is now the latest recruit in joining them in becoming green. The council's employees will no longer be provided with bottled water, following a recent decision by councillors to use jugs of […]

Famous Cross fountain to be restored

BY MICK ROBERTS The landmark Kings Cross El Alemain Fountain is to get a $70,000 facelift. The 1961 fountain by award-winning water sculptor, Robert Woodward, has fallen into disrepair, with missing plaques and the main sculpture in need of restoration. The Kings Cross and Potts Point Heritage Society have been pushing the City of Sydney […]

Same sex laws on their way

Legislation to remove discrimination against same-sex couples in Commonwealth superannuation schemes should be in place by mid-2009. The Same-Sex Relationships Bill 2008 will finally provide equal access to superannuation benefits for all same-sex couples and their children. Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes has welcomed the new legislation superannuation is one of the main ways […]

An era of milk bars and styled cars

BY SASCHA RYNER The 1950s was the decade that introduced rock'n'roll, new social rules and wild fashions. Of course with such an influential era, comes people who live in the past - and in Sydney there just so happens to be a growing, thriving subculture of those people, known as Rockabilies. Opening on June 7, […]

Councils paint a brighter future for artists

BY ROJE ADAIMY The call for more affordable work and living spaces for Sydney artists has gained some level of support from two local councils. The City of Sydney last week endorsed the conversion of empty warehouses and terraces at the former CUB site on Broadway into temporary studio spaces for artists. Developers of the […]

Surry Hills $20m community centre nears completion

BY MICK ROBERTS Despite a few set-backs - including the collapse of a neighbouring terrace - the first books are expected to be borrowed from Surry Hills' new $20 million library and community centre before the end of the year. Claims a residential and retail terrace collapsed in November last year due to the City […]

A dog’s breakfast

From doggy fashion parades and relay races, to the cutest and ugliest dog competition, last month's Dog's Breakfast on the Pyrmont peninsula made for another barking success. Over 1,800 dogs and their owners help turn the area into a canine carnvial on May 24 at Jacksons Landing. Newly released fashion from Eccentric Dogs and Bowhouse […]

A dog’s breakfast

From doggy fashion parades and relay races, to the cutest and ugliest dog competition, last month's Dog's Breakfast on the Pyrmont peninsula made for another barking success. Over 1,800 dogs and their owners help turn the area into a canine carnvial on May 24 at Jacksons Landing. Newly released fashion from Eccentric Dogs and Bowhouse […]